Yesterday, on a rack of used books, in a charity thrift to support an animal shelter, in a very small town on an island off the West Coast of North America…
Every time I happened to be in this little town, I was attracted to the old sign, and especially the typeface. I finally make a point of getting a picture of the sign, but someone had painted the building pink, which is bloody awful for any building, but especially a wrench, sweat, grease, and gasoline joint.
Of course, this is where the virtual darkroom of digital photography comes into play: I simply changed the color in the picture.
The next time I was in town, the business was gone and the building empty.
But I got my picture.
The Christians morphed it into a holiday for them: All Saints' Day. And then Marketing changed it to Halloween. But, from these costumes on offer at an American thrift store, the Gaelics are coming back.
From the Web:
In 1904 contractor and developer Fred J. Eitel hired architect William Doty van Siclen to design for him a six-story office building at the northwest corner of Second and Pike. When demand for office space spiked in 1906, an additional story was added to the Eitel Building.
Professional offices occupied the upper floors and various drug stores the ground floor until the building’s occupancy began to decline in the 1950s.
In 1978 the upper floors of the Eitel Building were vacated and the build began accumulating considerable deferred maintenance…
As of July 2010 the Eitel Building remains vacant with no immediate plans for its rehabilitation.
July 2013: Local newspaper reports Greg Smith, CEO of Urban Visions will acquire the Eitel Building from Richard Nimmer (owner since 1975) by the end of this year to renovate and restore the building and get new tenants.