Opal Glass Signs (page 2)

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Wineman Hotel
San Luis Obispo, CA
The Wineman Hotel was built in 1930 and this sign was installed then. The sign was removed in 1999 when it became dangerously close to falling from the building. During a 2009 restoration of the hotel, the sign was found at a junkyard. The sign was restored and is lit at night. The "Hotel" letters are lit in sequence. It is the only animated sign in San Luis Obispo. The hotel now houses apartments and retail space. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Marsh & King Drugs
Susanville, CA
W.A. Haslam Company
Santa Maria, CA
Hotel Oliver
Santa Rosa, CA
The Marsh & King Drugs sign is tucked in an alley behind a building downtown. I don't know if this drug store was located in Susanville. Like the signs shown in the next row, this sign was produced by Federal Electric and features modular opal glass letters. [map]

The W.A. Haslam Company opened was established in 1883. In 1906, the company moved into the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building. The store sold men's clothing and dry goods and catered mainly to farmers and ranchers. This sign was there by the mid-1920s. It is about 12 feet tall. The store is long gone but this sign remains. In 1997, the City of Santa Maria named the building an Object of Historical Merit. [map]

The Hotel Oliver was built around 1910. This sign with ripple tin panels was probably added in the 1920s. The letters at the bottom are opal glass. In 2008, there was talk of removing this sign and replacing it with a similar looking one. However, the sign was deemed an important part of the historic building and remains. [map]

Delta Hotel [gone]
Stockton, CA
Hotel Durant
Berkeley, CA
Sequoia Hotel
Redwood City, CA
The Delta Hotel was built in 1919. The building was remodeled in 1924 and this sign may be from around then. The sign was removed around 2021.

The letters at the top of the Durant Hotel are made of opal glass. The hotel was built in 1928 and this sign is probably from then. The sign was previously painted green. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sequoia Hotel was built in 1912. The "Rooms" sign is a Federal sectional sign with opal glass letters. The "Sequoia" panel on top of it was probably added later. The other sign with the neon and tin border was probably installed in the late 1920s or early 1930s. [map]

Winnedumah Hotel
Independence, CA
The Winnedumah Hotel was built in 1927. These letters and ripple tin panels are probably from then. The panels were originally installed on the building above the portico. For more, see this website. [map]

San Francisco Fire Department Station #35
San Francisco, CA


San Francisco Fire Department Station #35 houses a functioning firehouse with a fire engine and two fire boats. It was built in 1915 and these signs may be from then. The signs were repainted around 2018. For more, see this website. [map]

More California:
Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital (Los Angeles)
Hoot Hoot Ice Cream (Los Angeles) [vintage; gone]
Eng-Skell Building (San Francisco)

John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
Meriden, CT
This sign for John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home is probably from 1937 or earlier. For more, see this website. [map]

Southern Plate Glass & Paint Co. (Ocala) [private collection]

Lava Hot Springs, ID
The Drugs sign may have come from the Lava Drug Co. store in town. It is now in a private collection.

Mineral Baths
Lava Hot Springs, ID
The Mineral Baths opal glass sign is located at the Riverside Motel. The motel was built in 1914 and offered therapeutic mineral baths from the beginning. [map]

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