Saturday, February 8, 2014

Preserving the Neon Signs on Colfax

At risk of being dimmed forever, twelve mid-century neon signs on Colfax Avenue have been included on Colorado Preservation Inc.'s 2014 list of endangered places.  Last Thursday, the signs were placed on the annual list with the hope that they — and four other historic sites in Colorado — might be restored.

The organization, which aims to save and restore historic sites around the state, narrowed the first wave of restoration to the Timberline Motel, Carriage Motor Inn, Riviera Motel, Driftwood Motel, R&R Lounge, Royal Palace Motel, Pete's Kitchen, Satire Lounge, Eddie Bohn Pig'N Whistle restaurant and motel, Aristocrat Motor Inn, Scatterday's Lumber Yard, and Big Bunny Motel.

The signs are in various states of disrepair — some with bulbs out, others with broken neon tubes and covered in rust. They were chosen as a reminder of Colfax Avenue's historic role as "Gateway to the Rockies."

Read more on The Denver Post website.

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