Denver Signs (page 1)

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Red Pine Motel
Denver, CO
Mozart Lounge
Denver, CO
Union Station
Denver, CO
The Red Pine Motel sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Mozart Lounge sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2012. By 2014, the sign was adapted for the Aqua Lounge and the neon was removed. In 2016, the sign was restored. It was repainted as it was originally and new neon was installed. For more, see this website. [map]

The Union Station sign was installed in 1952. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Apple Tree Shanty
Denver, CO
R&R Lounge
Denver, CO
This teapot-shaped sign originally advertised for the long-gone Apple Tree Shanty restaurant. The neon has been removed and the sign was repainted for The Word, a Christian bookstore. The store closed in 2014 and the future of the sign is unknown. [map]

The R&R Lounge opened in the 1970s. These daytime photos are from 2012. The night photo is from 2001. The sign was restored and relit in 2014. From the gaps at the top of the sign, it appears that this bar may have gone by a different name originally. For more, see this website. [map]

La Rue Motel
Denver, CO
Olinger Mortuaries
Denver, CO
The La Rue Motel was built in 1953. There was originally a rooftop sign and a smaller sign on the canopy. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Olinger Mortuaries sign was built in 1950. The mortuary is gone and, since 2011, the building has housed a restaurant known as "Linger". The name was chosen in order to make use of the rooftop sign. The "linger" in Olinger's is lit and the neon tubing in "Mortuaries" has been reworked to read "Eaturaries". For more, see this website. [map]

El Chapultepec
Denver, CO
715 Club
Denver, CO
Meek Trunk & Bag Company [gone]
Denver, CO
Benjamin Moore Paints
Denver, CO
The El Chapultepec jazz club opened in 1933. This sign is probably from the 1950s. In 2014, this sign was being restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The long-closed 715 Club reopened in 2016. This sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2012. The sign was restored in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

The Meek Trunk & Bag Company was established in 1896. At some point, a similar, modern sign was installed in its place. This older sign was then put on display in the alley behind the building. It is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. The building was vacant when this photo was taken in 2012 but this sign remained. By 2015, the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

This Benjamin Moore Paints sign is located at the former paint factory building. The building was constructed in 1921. Other sources say it was built in 1933. This sign was probably installed on the roof from the beginning. It was originally a bulb sign. The City of Denver has recognized the sign as a landmark. In 2005, the building was converted into lofts and commercial space. The sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Johnson Storage
& Moving
Denver, CO
Broadway Motel
Denver, CO
White Horse Bar
Denver, CO
Johnson Storage & Moving was established in 1900. This sign looks like it might be from the 1920s. For more, see this website. [map]

I believe the Broadway Motel was built in 1952. The sign was originally painted green, red, and yellow. There was a AAA logo where the "welcome" panel is now. The arrow originally had chasing bulbs. For more, see this website. [map]

The White Horse Bar, now the White Horse Lounge, may have opened in 1926. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. It most likely had neon and chasing bulbs originally. [map]

Plaza Motel
(now The Metlo)
Denver, CO
Cafe Italiano
Denver, CO
Vienna Cleaners
Denver, CO
Dependable Cleaners
Denver, CO
The Broadway Plaza Motel was built in 1957. The "Motel" part of this sign was originally painted in multiple colors and revolved. Two smaller panels have been removed from the bottom of the sign. The photo above is from 2012. In 2014, the building was adapted for office space. The look will be very much the same. The sign has been adapted with "Motel" now reading Metlo. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Gennaro's Cafe Italiano opened in 1951 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Vienna Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Dependable Cleaners chain was established in Denver in 1930. This sign was built around 1950 for the company's biggest store and main plant on South Broadway. It was the only sign of this size or style built. That location is now primarily used as office space. The building will probably be sold and redeveloped. This photo is from 2012. In 2016, the owner decided to restore the sign and move it to the Cherry Creek location. It was refurbished by Gordon Sign which built the sign originally. The panels were repainted and new neon tubing was installed. The cost for the restoration and installation was about $5,000. The sign is about 15 feet long and is lit with blue, green, and white neon. The sign was installed in 2017. [map]

Western Motor Inn [gone]
Denver, CO
The Western Motor Inn was built in 1965 and this sign appeared to be from then. The sign was removed in 2014. For more, see this website.

Out-Post Bar
Denver, CO
The Out-Post Bar has been here since at least the 1960s. [map]

Satire Lounge
Denver, CO
The Satire Lounge sign is 21 feet tall. It was built in 1956 for Sugie's Lounge. The letters were changed in 1962 when the business became the Satire Lounge. The bulbs were originally animated but were made static in 1973 when the city changed the sign code to prohibit moving signs. In 2017, the owner applied for a sign code variance in order to get the bulbs chasing again. It will most likely be granted. The bulbs should be moving by the end of 2017. [map]

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