Neon museum salutes Edmonton’s history

Canadian National Railways telegraph sign. Pat Brennan / Special to the Star

From The Star: The signs are all retired and many them saved from the scrap heap after decades of marking the locations of some of Edmonton’s best-known and oldest businesses.

Holdsworth is an urban designer in Edmonton’s heritage department. He tries to persuade local building owners and developers to preserve and restore their edifices rather than tearing them down — or at least try to incorporate some of the old into the new structure.

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The most innovative adaptive reuse projects of 2018

Photography: Ben Rahn

From The Spaces: Monasteries, warehouses and factories given radical second lives this year.

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From Our Community News: The neon lighting tube has been around since 1915, but neon signs are becoming a modern social media phenomenon in Denver. The retro signage is frequently photographed and shared on Instagram, giving local businesses free exposure.

Morry’s Neon, the famed Denver neon sign-maker, has seen a “surge of requests” for the glowing signs recently, according to Tina Weseloh, who helps run the business.

“Retro is in right now, and a lot of people see neon as retro,” said Weseloh. “Also, people are looking for something different than the average — and in my opinion, boring — LED channel letter sign. You just can’t get the feel of real neon any other way.”

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The roof caved in 8 years ago. Now, building has high-end ‘urban industrial’ condos.

Bell Court Condos, a former industrial building where radio parts were sold and stored, may be the future of Lexington infill and redevelopment. And units are selling fast.

From the Lexington Herald Leader: The roof caved in after a heavy rain eight years ago. Now, the former electronics store and warehouse is Lexington’s newest example of urban infill housing.

Bell Court Condos is the only building on Skain, a one-block street between Forest and Indiana avenues at the edge of the Bell Court Historic District and in the shadow of the Lexington Herald-Leader building.

Don Wathen and his business partner, John McDonald, bought the 25,000-square-foot, two-story building in August 2016 from the owners of Radio Electronic Equipment Co., who had rebuilt it after the roof collapse in July 2010.

Wathen and McDonald saw an opportunity to create 16 “urban industrial” condos. But first they needed to cut more than 50 windows in the circa 1962 building’s thick block walls.

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Happy New Year 2019!  Stay tuned for news of our 42nd Annual Conference and Tours, June 5-8, 2019, Conference: Preserving the Recent Past 3 & SCA Affiliate Session, March 13-16, 2019, and on May 18, 2019, Albany 30th Anniversary Pop-Up Tour.  Hope to see you on either coast, and /or Southern Wisconsin.

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