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San Diego Area Signs (page 2)

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Silver Spigot
San Diego, CA
Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge
San Diego, CA
The Silver Spigot opened in 1954. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Nite Owl Cocktail Lounge sign appears to have been adapted from another business. Does anyone know what the previous name of the place was? For more, see this website. [map]

Santa Fe
San Diego, CA
Sinbad Cafe
San Diego, CA
The Santa Fe sign was installed on the roof of Union Station in the mid-1950s. The train station, which was built in 1915, is also known as the Santa Fe Depot. [map]

The Sinbad Cafe is a hookah bar. I believe this is a modern sign. Does anyone know when this place opened? [map]

Rudford's Restaurant
San Diego, CA
Rudford's Restaurant opened in 1949. These signs have been there since at least the early 1960s. [map]

Plaza Hotel
San Diego, CA
The Plaza Hotel was known as the New Plaza Hotel when it opened in the 1930s. The rooftop sign is probably from then. The blade sign, canopy, and vitrolite glass tiles were added at some point between 1942 and 1956. There was a smaller projecting sign before that which read "New Plaza Hotel." [map]

William Penn Hotel
San Diego, CA
2014: 2016:
The William Penn Hotel was built in 1913 as the Oxford Hotel. I don't know when it became the William Penn but the sign was apparently adapted from the Oxford Hotel. The sign was repainted around 2015. For more, see this website. [map]

Golden West Hotel
San Diego, CA
The Golden West Hotel was built in 1913 at the Workingman's Hotel. It was financed by John Spreckels who built the hotel to house construction workers that he employed for his various projects. This canopy sign is probably from the 1930s or 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

Turf Supper Club
San Diego, CA
The Turf Supper Club opened as the Turf Club in 1950. It became the Turf Supper Club in 1955. These signs are probably from then. [map]

The Flame
San Diego, CA
former Sheng Haw
Low Cafe
San Diego, CA
Hotel St. James
San Diego, CA
The Flame opened around 1954 and this sign is from then. There was previously an Egyptian themed restaurant here which was destroyed in a fire. "The Flame" was a reference to that fire. I believe this bar has been closed since 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

The Sheng Haw Low Cafe sign was built in the 1950s. The sign was declared a San Diego landmark. It was adapted a little bit by the VIP Restaurant and later for University Square. The "and Shops" box at the bottom originally read "Fine Chinese American Food." I don't believe the neon is lit anymore. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hotel St. James was built in 1913. This rooftop sign is supposedly from the 1940s or 1950s. However, I believe it is either much older than that or a replica of the original sign. Early illustrations show a rooftop sign just like this. The hotel is now known as the Ramada Gaslamp Hotel. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

YMCA
San Diego, CA
Fisherman's Landing [gone]
San Diego, CA
This YMCA opened in 1924. This rooftop sign is probably from the 1950s or so. It probably revolved originally. The sign features "YMCA" on one side and "Armed Services" on the other. [first photo thanks Gregory May] [map]

I don't know if this Fisherman's Landing sign was modern or a refurbished vintage sign. It was gone by 2014. For more, see this website.

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