Signs, Streets, and Storefronts

Signs, Streets, and Storefronts

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Signs, Streets, and Storefronts addresses more than 200 years of signs and place-marking along Americaa€™s commercial corridors. From small-town squares to Broadway, State Street, and Wilshire Boulevard, Martin Treu follows design developments into the present and explores issues of historic preservation. Treu considers qcommonq architecture and its place-defining business signs as well as influential high-style design examples by taste-making leaders. Combining advertising and architectural history, the book presents a full picture of the commercial landscape, including design adaptations made for motorists and the migration from Main Street to suburbia. The dynamic between individual businesses and the common good has a major effect on the appearance of our country's Main Streets. Several forces are at work: technological advances, design imagination and the media, corporate propaganda, customer needs, and municipal mandates. Present-day controls have often led to a denuding of traditional commercial corridors. Such reform, Treu argues, has suppressed originality and radically cleared away years of accumulated history based on the taste of a single generation. A must-read for city planners, town councils, architects, sign designers, concerned citizens, and anyone who cares about the appearance and vitality of Americaa€™s commercial streets, this heavily illustrated book is equally appealing to armchair historians, small-town enthusiasts, and lovers of Americana.A History of Architecture and Graphics Along Americaa#39;s Commercial Corridors Martin Treu. stone parapet, had been covered at the first floor with black- pigmented structural glass in the 19305. In 1963 ... :AJIIII :HIa#39;Faquot; Figure 112 ( Former) Waltera#39;s Coffee Shop (Harry Pierre Woodman, 1959), Euclid Avenue, Ontario, ... landscape of southern California, sometimes one encounters examples that conform surprisingly well to urban sites. ... RETRENCHMENT, REPAIR, AND REINVENTION 271.

Title:Signs, Streets, and Storefronts
Author:Martin Treu
Publisher:JHU Press - 2012-09-21


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