WALKING TOUR - Philadelphia Neon Signage: 1932 to Today

By Center / Architecture + Design (other events)

6 Dates Through Oct 10, 2015

Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1932 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide, Len Davidson, is one of North America's leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry's bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Len's tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city.

Highlights include a mint condition 1936 neon on porcelain-enamel Pittsburgh Paints sign at the Center, animated signs, neon inside and outside the Reading Terminal Market, signs of Chinatown, and the revolving Hard Rock Cafe sign. This special tour is offered only once per season

Len Davidson’s vintage neon exhibition at the Center will be coming down later in 2015. Come check out these whimisical, classic signs before they disapear from public view; Davidson is exploring new settings for these and 90 other pieces in his collection, but no one knows when or where they will once again be on public display. Lighted signage is of special interest to Philadelphia this year because of the developing East Market Street digital billboard district, approved by City Council in 2011.

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