Ariston Cafe Honors History With Vintage Sign Relighting

The Ariston Cafe, Litchfield IL

From The Journal-News: The Ariston Cafe in Litchfield will celebrate the history of Route 66 with a ceremony to relight the vintage neon signs and neon window accents on Saturday, May 4. 

Celebrating 95 years on Route 66, as the oldest continuously operating restaurant, neon will once again welcome travelers on their journey from Chicago to Santa Monica.

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‘This Is What I’m Meant To Do’: Neon Collector Will Durham

For over 20 years, sign preservationist Will Durham has been working to catch signs from closed motels and businesses across the state, that might be otherwise headed to the dump. HOLLY HUTCHINGS

From KUNR: Persistence of vision. That’s what Will Durham, executive director of the Nevada Neon Project, calls it when he talks about seeing the Nevada Neon Project through years of setbacks and successes to achieve his ultimate goal to have a world-class museum in Reno. His goal is firm, as is his resolve and dedication to reach it.

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Apartments, coffee shop coming to former ICE offices in Callowhill

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From Curbed/Philadelphia: The quickly changing Callowhill neighborhood is about to see a new addition: 95 apartments in a former immigration building.

The adaptive reuse project at 1600 Callowhill wrapped up in January and is slated for a grand opening next week. Designed by BLT Architects, the newly renovated space is bringing 2000 square feet for ground floor retail—which will be occupied by a Bison Cafe—and apartments ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. There’s also a fitness center, parking for a third of the tenants, and a roof deck with views of Center City.

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The iconic Hampton House will get a facelift and new tenants. ADAM ANIK/ FOR MONTCLAIR LOCAL

From Montclair Local: The  Hampton House, with its well-known Art Moderne facade at the corner of Bloomfield and North Fullerton, will see a new life.

Developers Gary DeBode and Dick Grabowsky, of Gare Vent M.B. LLC and Bloomfield LLC, are planning to remodel the Hampton House building for new prospective tenants. The tenants were not revealed, as DeBode said a confidentiality agreement was signed.

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How Neon Glows On

A flashing sign from The Fitzgeralds in Las Vegas. The hotel casino is gone, but the sign lives on at the Neon Museum on North Las Vegas Boulevard. HOLLY HUTCHINGS

From KUNR: Vibrant glowing tubes of neon have illustrated the Nevada story for a century, as they line quaint main streets and urban centers. The stories behind the bright and bended glass have also dominated our arts and culture coverage through the month of April in a series we called Sparked. Holly Hutchings took a deeper look into this part of our history with multiple stories. She talked to Bree Zender about the series and how neon lives on.

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