email: roadarch@outlook.com

House Signs

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

The photos and links at this page are meant to accompany an article that I am working on for the SCA (Society for Commercial Archeology) Journal. The "Home Sweet Home" article will be out in Fall 2021. I'm still adding information, signs, and links to this page.

Johnnie Herrington Insurance
Palestine, TX
2011: 2018:
Johnnie Herrington Insurance opened here in 1946. This sign was probably built then or in the 1950s. Around 2016, the sign was apparently replicated. For more, see this website. [map]

Vic's Cabins
Calumet, MI
C.R. O'Neil & Co. Realtors
Columbus, OH
Leavitt Realty [gone]
Lake George, NY
The Vic's Cabins sign is probably from the 1950s. There was apparently some text between "Vic's" and "Cabins" originally. [map]

The neon on the C.R. O'Neil & Co. Realtors sign is protected with mesh. For more, see this website. [map]

Leavitt Realty was established in 1928. The sign is probably from the 1950s and apparently had neon originally. This photo is from 2011. The sign was removed around 2019.

Doll Hut
Anaheim, CA
Gingerbread House
Mehama, OR
unidentified motel
McCammon, ID
The Doll Hut opened as a truck stop cafe in 1936. It became a bar in the 1950s. This sign is probably from then. The plastic panel protects the neon tubing from vandals. For more, see this website. [map]

The Gingerbread House restaurant opened in 1952. This sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

This unidentified motel is long gone but the house-shaped sign remains. It appears to be from the 1950s. Some people have referred to the place as the "Cottage Motel" but that's just a guess. [map]

The Shack
Seattle, WA
Shanty Tavern
Seattle, WA
Cox Family Restaurant
Morehead City, NC
The Shack was a "hamburger joint" on Alki Beach. The sign was rescued by Java Bean and installed in front of their shop. The restaurant closed in 2019 and The Spot opened in the space. The Shack sign is still there. [map]

The Shanty Tavern sign bears a strong resemblance to The Shack sign above. The Shanty Tavern moved at least a couple of times which makes me suspect, if the story above is incorrect, that the sign at The Shack might have been a repurposed sign from the Shanty. This location opened in 1961 and the sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Cox Family Restaurant opened in 1976. This sign might be older than that. These photos are from 2007. The house panels were repainted by 2017. [map]

Cozy Hollow Lodge
Big Bear Lake, CA
The Cozy Hollow Lodge opened in the mid-1980s. The sign was built in the late 1980s. The fire in the fireplace and the smoke from the chimney flash on and off at night. [map]

Homestead Motel
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Homestead Motel was built around 1961 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Brookdale Lumber
Tacoma, WA
Mac's Old House
Antioch, CA
The Brookdale Lumber sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

Mac's Old House opened as a bar in the mid-1950s. This sign is probably from then. Mac's Old House is now a restaurant. For more, see this website. [map]

Casa Linda Motel
Tucson, AZ
2008: 2012: 2018:
The Casa Linda Motel sign was built in 1951. The "Motel" portion of the sign was painted over when the units became apartments. In 2016, the sign was partially restored. The sign was repainted and the neon on top of the sign was restored. The neon below was removed. The hinged "NO" box is still there. [map]

House of Spirits
Los Angeles, CA
The House of Spirits signs were built by QRS Neon Co. Ltd. and installed in 1947. In 1958, the store moved across the street and had the signs relocated installed at the new location. The store closed in 2018 after a fire and the property was fenced off. During that time, the bottle sign on the right was stolen. In 2020, the rest of the signs were removed and put in storage at the Museum of Neon Art. There are plans to return the signs to the neighborhood when a new site is found.

More House Signs:
Ta-Tel Lodge (Kings Beach, CA)
House of Pies (various locations, CA)
Parker House Sausage Company (Chicago, IL)
former Dog House (Cleveland, OH)
Muffler House (Marion, OH)
Jumbo House Hamburgers (Columbia, TN)
Sunset Motel (Pine Bluffs, WY)

If you know of any others, I'd love to hear from you.

Main SCA Article
Companion Page
Main Signs Page