“85 Years of Neon Signs” Walking Tour

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Something as commonplace as a sign is usually taken for granted, but artisan Len Davidson wants to convince you of city signs’ potential as a hypnotizing form of art. We might not have as big of a reputation for our amassment of neon signs as do places like Atlantic City or Las Vegas, but Philadelphia has certainly gathered its fair share of iconic glowing spectacles over the years. When wandering the streets come nightfall, it’s virtually impossible not to let your gaze drift toward the angular rooftop of One Liberty Place, the spinning guitar at Hard Rock Café on Market Street, or the façade of Geno’s Steaks, to name just a few. Hell, we’ve even got our very own “Neon Museum” preservation initiative courtesy of Davidson, whose been collecting and restoring such signs for nearly 40 years. His fascination transcends the average “Oooh, pretty colors!” mindset, however: He’s written what’s often considered to be the “bible” on the industry, 2007’s Vintage Neon, and now he’ll be guiding Center for Architecture patrons through an impressively rich history that dates back to the turn of the 20th century.  Over the course of two hours, he’ll cover everything from the science of neon to some of the brightest and most famous local examples of it, starting with a mint condition Pittsburgh Paints sign from 1936. // JAKE ABBATE

3pm. $5-$20. Philadelphia Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch St. 215.569.3186. philadelphiacfa.org
 

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Saturday, July 05, 2014
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Philadelphia Center for Architecture , 1218 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
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