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New Orleans Signs

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Gambino's Bakery
New Orleans, LA
London Lodge Motel
New Orleans, LA
Carpenters
Local Union 1846
New Orleans, LA
(now Metairie, LA)
Gambino's Bakery opened in 1949. The cake sign is probably from then. The bakery sign may have been built later. [map]

The London Lodge Motel sign was damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. This photo is from 2006. The missing vertical "Motel" letters were replaced by 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Carpenters Local Union 1846 was built in 1950. This sign is probably from then. The neon on the sign was protected behind plexiglass. This photo is from 2010. The sign was removed later that year. It was restored and is installed in 2015 inside the lobby of the union's new location in Metairie, LA. I don't know of any other Carpenters Union neon signs.

Crystal Preserves
New Orleans, LA

The original Crystal Preserves billboard style sign was built around 1942. In 2005, it was severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina (photo at left). Shortly thereafter, Baumer Foods which manufactured Crystal Preserves jams and sauces in the building below the sign moved to Metairie, LA. In addition to the hurricane damage, the sign was riddled with holes. In 2007, the plant was replaced with a new apartment building and it seemed this bit of NOLA history was gone for good. However, the developer of the new building, named "The Preserve", was committed to replacing the sign. The company worked closely with the City and the sign shop for more than a year to produce a faithful reproduction (photo at right). It cost about $100,000 to build the 56 foot long sign and about another $100,000 to install it in January. The new aluminum sign is designed to withstand 140 mile per hour winds. The chef was hand painted and the red and green neon was matched from old tubing. The original chef was never lit with neon or a spotlight so that portion of the new sign is not visible at night. The old sign featured steam rising from the chef's pot. This gimmick was created by using steam already produced by the plant’s boilers. A hole has been built into the new sign so that dry ice might be used to create the same effect for special occasions. [map]

Half Moon Bar & Restaurant
New Orleans, LA
The Half Moon Bar & Restaurant signage might be contemporary. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Orleans
Steel Products Co.
New Orleans, LA
Renaissance Pere
Marquette Hotel
New Orleans, LA
Doerr Furniture
New Orleans, LA
Standard Life
Insurance Co.
New Orleans, LA
The Orleans Steel Products Co. sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Renaissance Pere Marquette Hotel sign is lit 24 hours per day. The arrows on the side of the sign flash sequentially. For more, see this website. [map]

The Doerr Furniture store opened in 1938. The sign is probably from then or by the early 1940s. It was built by the Pelican Sign Company. The sign had been dark since the early 1950s. In 2017, it was restored and relit. There is another porcelain enamel sign that was installed at another Doerr location which blew off the building during Hurricane Katrina. That sign has been found and will now be displayed inside this store. [map]

I don't believe the Standard Life Insurance Co. is located in this building anymore. [map]

Crescent
Palms Motel
New Orleans, LA
Mason's Motel
New Orleans, LA
First Evangelist Baptist Church
New Orleans, LA
Majestic Mortuary
New Orleans, LA
The Crescent Palms Motel and Mason's Motel were owned by the same family and originally had identical signs. The Crescent Palms Motel was the original location, built in 1962. By the 1980s, it had become Brandy's Motel. It closed in 2005 after damage from Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, the motel was completely renovated and reopened as the Crescent Palms. [map]

The second Mason's Motel on Claiborne, still using the same name, was built by the mid-1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The First Evangelist Baptist Church is probably from the 1940s. [map]

I assume the Majestic Mortuary sign was originally installed on a pole or building. I believe the company was founded in the late 1940s. [map]

American Beauty
New Orleans, LA
Bud's Broiler
New Orleans, LA
Falstaff Brewery
New Orleans, LA
The American Beauty egg and butter company was previously located in this warehouse. Since 2001, the building has been occupied by the ArtEgg Studios which has kept the sign in place. I believe the sign is from around 1964. For more, see this website. [map]

Bud's Broiler opened here in 1952. They now have eight locations. This location was the first and features two identical signs on each end of the building. They are lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The former Falstaff Brewery features a 185 foot tall sign tower. It was built in 1952 and operated as a weather beacon until the brewery closed in the 1970s. The building remained vacant until 2007 when conversion into apartments began. In 2010, restoration of the weather-forecasting sign was started. It should be completed in 2011. The tower and weather ball will be lit in the same weather-predicting color patterns as they were originally. The Falstaff letters indicated changing temperatures. When they were lit from bottom to top, it meant temperatures were rising. When lit from top to bottom, it indicated temperatures were falling. When the letters flashed, there was no change expected. The 11 foot tall steel letters are being replicated to conform with local regulations. The sign must be able to withstand 130 mile per hour winds.

The sign's weather ball is also being refurbished. It provided further weather information. Green, red and white neon was used to predict rain, showers, approaching storms, cloudy or fair weather. Weather beacons and weather balls were particularly popular in the 1950s and 1960s. Dozens of them were built in the U.S. and other countries. Two weather balls from this time period are still operating in Flint and Grand Rapids, MI. The Falstaff Brewery Building also has a Gambrinus statue on the roof. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl
New Orleans, LA
Sanlin Building
New Orleans, LA
Fischer's Jewelry
New Orleans, LA
Monteleone Hotel Garage
New Orleans, LA
Mid-City Lanes Rock 'N Bowl opened in 1941 and added rock, zydeo and R&B bands in 1988. Despite the flooding of Hurricane Katrina, the place survived and has reopened. [map]

The Sanlin Building's aluminum façade was installed in 1953. It conceals an 1840s Greek Revival building. This photo is from 2006 when the facade was still damaged from a hurricane. By 2014, the facade had been restored. For more, see this website. [map]

Fischer's Jewelry supposedly opened in 1962. However, the sign appears to be much older than that. It is still lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Monteleone Hotel Garage sign is probably from the 1940s. The hotel itself was built in 1886. The sign is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Lenny's Piccadilly Lounge / Half Shell Restaurant
New Orleans, LA
Lenny's Piccadilly Lounge and the Half Shell Restaurant are now closed. I believe the Lenny's sign was damaged during Hurricane Katrina. That part of the sign was still missing in 2016. [map]

More New Orleans Signs:
Big Daddy's [gone]
Bunny Bread [map]
City Wholesale Liquor Co. [map]
Cochon Restaurant [map]
Crescent City Steaks [map]
Dennis Mortuary [map]
Franklin Printing Co. [gone]
Hubig's Pies [gone]
Kolb's Restaurant
Little Debbie Snack Cakes
Q. Lee Laundry [map]
Royal Pharmacy [map]
Sandpiper Lounge [map]
Sbisa's Cafe [map]
Steak Pit [gone]
Sugar Bowl Courts [gone]
The Pearl
Tujague's Restaurant: 1, 2, 3 [map]
Uneeda Biscuit [map]
Woodward Wight [map]
various signs: 1, 2, 3

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