07 Mar SCA Weekly News Review: March 7, 2021
Group Determined to Preserve the Standard Hotel and Have it Historically Designated
From WEHOville: Now that the Standard Hotel has closed its doors for good, people are taking about what will happen to the building next, some fearful it may be demolished and replaced by a bigger structure.
Interior designer and preservation activist Jaime Rummerfield is taking steps to see the building at 8300 Sunset Blvd. doesn’t meet the wrecking ball. That’s why she’s being pro-active trying to get West Hollywood to designate the Standard as a historic cultural resource. The building is not in any imminent danger, but better to get it designated now, rather than wage an eleventh hour campaign.
The Neon Museum celebrating Women’s History Month
From KTNV Las Vegas: The Neon Museum is the perfect place to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, and Women’s History Month this March as several of its iconic neon signs relate the interesting and longstanding role women have played in the history of Las Vegas, including:
The Golden Nugget “1905” sign
It honors the historic founding of Las Vegas, which was made possible when Helen J. Stewart sold her ranch in 1902 to Senator William A. Clark, acting on behalf of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad. Stewart began operating the ranch, located just north of The Neon Museum and now home to the Mormon Fort State Park, after her husband, Archibald, was killed in a gunfight in 1884. The ranch was a popular spot, with shady cottonwood groves, a creek and vines, which produced 600 gallons of wine annually. Mrs. Stewart went on to become Las Vegas’ first postmaster (1893), first woman elected to the school board (1915) and first woman to serve on a jury (1916).
Refurbished Sign Returns To County Theater: WATCH
From Patch.com: DOYLESTOWN, PA — The iconic neon tower sign returned to the County Theater of Doylestown this week as the historic venue plans an expanded reopening in 2021.
The refurbished sign is just one piece of the theater’s $5 million expansion project to build a new lobby and a third theater, which are expected to be completed by the end of March, Theater Director John Toner said.
A new neon sign will soon light up Old Sacramento Waterfront
From Sactown Magazine: A new “Old Sacramento Waterfront” neon sign is set to be installed later this year atop the California State Railroad Museum, beckoning southbound drivers on I-5 to stop by for a visit. The sign will stand 26 feet tall and 45 feet wide and is expected to be illuminated with a combination of neo-neon (read: LED) and old-school neon tubes of gold, red and teal.
Commissioned by Downtown Sacramento Partnership (in partnership with California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and Foundation, and the Harvego Family Foundation), the sign was designed by Sacramento-based Pacific Neon Company, whose work includes refurbishing the six historic neon signs hanging inside the Golden 1 Center (including those for Tower Records and Shakey’s Pizza) and creating the new Broadway sign installed in February 2020 at the corner of X and 3rd streets, along with lighted signage atop downtown’s Pizza Rock and the Esquire IMAX Theatre.
Big Idaho Potato Hotel
From Airbnb: If you love the fluffy feeling you get when you eat Idaho potatoes, you’ll love staying in a giant potato turned cozy, grown-up getaway for two!
Recycled from the Idaho Potato Commission’s Big Idaho Potato Tour, this 6-ton potato has traveled on the back of a semi to (48) states for seven years. Now resting on 400 acres of good ol’ Idaho farmland, just south of downtown Boise, this hotel has been meticulously designed by Kristie Wolfe, a former Big Idaho Potato Tour spokesperson, to allow for stylish private comfort and amenities such as power outlets for your electronic devices, a mini fridge, old records to play and a custom-built bed.
Costa Mesa gets it own 25-foot Randy’s Donuts sign
From The OCR: Like bakers making treats in the early morning, workers at the San Pedro Electric Sign Company were up at dawn, strapping two 12.5-foot fiberglass pastry pieces to flatbed trucks as the sun rose on Thursday, Feb. 25.
The two parts were later joined together, making a 25-foot sign for Randy’s Donuts’ first Orange County location in Costa Mesa. The eatery doesn’t open until March 9, but the iconic large doughnut now heralds its arrival.