January 3, 2018

Historic Signs of the Times in Los Angeles

What better way to attract a passing motorist’s attention than with an eye-catching sign? The streets of Los Angeles are lined with them—some of which have been standing for decades. Many of these older signs were recently documented by SurveyLA, the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey, a 10-year project out of the city’s Office of Historic Resources. (SurveyLA was one of the winners of the 2017 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, which you may have read about in the Fall 2017 issue of Preservation magazine.)

Here, we showcase 11 longstanding signs around the city—some remarkable for their artistry and others for their longevity.

Lauren Walser is the Los Angeles-based field editor of Preservation magazine. She enjoys writing and thinking about art, architecture, and public space, and hopes to one day restore her very own Arts and Crafts-style bungalow.

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