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How much would you pay for an old Silver Lake motel sign?

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SILVER LAKE — Last September the owners of the Olive Motel on Sunset Boulevard replaced their vintage neon sign with a new, metal-and-plastic version. Fans of the Art Deco-style sign, which had been depicted in a painting hung at MOCA, expressed their disappoint about the loss of another symbol of roadside design and architecture. But if any of those fans have an extra $3,500, they can buy the sign – sans neon – from a Highland Park vintage furniture store.

Store owner Michael Glotzer said a man named Spencer Vrooman offered to sell him the Olive Motel sign about two months ago. Vrooman said he was driving down Sunset when he saw the sign being removed and found out it was being thrown away. “Next thing you know, he’s strapping them to the roof of his car,” said Glotzer of Vrooman, who posted photos of the sign on Instagram.

Olive Motel sign before it was removed

The “Olive” and “Motel” metal sections of each sign are 12-feet long and a little more than 2-feet high. The sign is from the 1940s and is covered with what is believed to be the original paint but the neon tubing has been removed.

“These Art Deco signs are terrific as just art,” said Glotzer of The Hunt Vintage Home Furnishings on York Boulevard. “Yes, very large art.”

The pair of signs are up for sale for $3,500 and are also available for rent.

So, what would you do with the Olive Motel sign? Hang it front of your small-lot subdivision or inside your vegan juice bar and sandwich shop?

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12 comments

  1. I guess donating it to the new Neon Sign Museum in Glendale is out the question

  2. “So, what would you do with the Olive Motel sign? Hang it front of your small-lot subdivision or inside your vegan juice bar and sandwich shop?”

    Seriously? Was that blatant jab at gentrification really necessary?

    • Seriously Jesus. Easy on the snark.

    • is he really jabbing at gentrification or being playful? every ad/sponsored post is for clint lukens or a million dollar 800 sq ft bungalow, so i think this site is a-ok with gentrification, or at the very least the slaughter of the middle class.

      • I guess “slaughter” is a playful word too?

      • They are a-ok with taking ad money from whoever, just like most entities these days. The articles are consistently slanted against gentrification, and written in such a way that they inflame the debate rather than encourage reasonable discussion. It’s a shame, and the last line of this article is both unnecessary and an example of very poor journalistic standards.

        • Indeed. What we really need is more productive and inclusive conversations about zoning and land use — with real data and real policy proposals.

          Everyone seems so quick to blame the “evil developers”, or “gentrifiers”, for the high cost of housing in Los Angeles. It’s incredibly divisive and shortsighted… an exercise in futility.

          The only people I see benefitting from that approach are those who already own property (a minority in this city) and benefit from the status quo; or those peddling ad impressions (Eastsider, Curbed, LA Weekly, the Times… all guilty of 1-dimensional journalism on this issue from time to time.)

  3. Clueless owners. These signs were the only thing this motel had going for it. =/

  4. I’d pay $50 to have them put the old sign back up.

  5. Seriously, how about a Go Fund Me to pay the hotel owners to put the sign back up. It looks so lame with the sign.

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