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 [gone]
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 was a hookah bar which opened around 2001 I believe this is from then. The place closed in 2016 and the building was still vacant in 2022. The sign was removed by 2022.

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

former Sheng Haw
Low Cafe
San Diego, CA
Plaza Hotel
San Diego, CA
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 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]

Hotel Churchill
San Diego, CA
The Hotel Churchill was built in 1914. The rooftop sign was built in the 1940s. It was removed and restored during a building restoration in 2015. That sign went back up in 2016. The projecting sign was created at the same time based on historic photos. [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. For more, see this website. [map]

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.

San Diego, CA
Arnold Saron Jeweler
San Diego, CA
This DoAll sign is displayed inside the Corvette Diner. DoAll produces sawing equipment. I don't know where this sign was installed originally. There was another neon DoAll sign in Tulsa, OK.

This Arnold Saron Jeweler sign is also displayed inside the Corvette Diner. The jewelry store opened in 1937 in San Diego and is long gone.

Villa Capri Motel

More San Diego:
Aztec Bowl
El Cortez Hotel
Frank the Train Man
Hotel St. James
Navajo Lodge [vintage; gone]
Palisade Gardens Skating Rink [vintage; gone]
Peking Restaurant
Sombrero Taco Shop [vintage; gone]
The Flame
Trade Winds Motel [map]
Wink's Shoe Repair
Wonder Weavers [gone]

various theatres

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