Friday, October 8, 2010

Beautiful signs

Across from my favorite bookstore in Chicago (Unabridged Books which carries an amazing collection of design and architecture books and biographies), I noticed these beautiful signs on a school.
Carved in 1892, I think they really make a statement; I'd go to school here! Have a great weekend!
I'm currently reading 'Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the secrets of Brideshead' which I picked up at unabridged for only $6! Visit them while in Chicago!


Woody said...

That font is a lovely and very welcome reprieve from the onslaught of Helvetica I encounter daily.

Reggie Darling said...

Quite marvelous. I am always on the lookout for buildings with signage of some sort carved in to the facade. This is a particularly fine example. I'm also reading the same book, quite interesting, I think it is. RD

cosign said...

Fantastic pictures. I also have MAD WORLD... but am re-reading BRIDESHEAD just to give me a point of reference for the book.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

Woody - yes, so relieving to see something a bit 'different'!

Reggie -I'm loving the book as well. I had just finished 'Madresfield' by Mulvagh and was a bit disappointed but this fills in the gaps for me.

Cosign - I haven't read the book myself in about 10 years, maybe it should be next on my list!

Hels said...

Sometimes institutions were so proud of their new architecture, they wanted to spend time and money designing beautiful signs. These are two of them, complete with date (bless their hearts).

Greet said...

Beautiful building and yes I am always intrigued by those signs!
Have a nice Sunday!

Francine Gardner said...

I am always drawn to buildings with great signage or motto, especially carved in stone.

Barbara said...

Agreed, wouldn't it be great if there were more beautiful signs?
Enjoy your posts,

Karena said...

Agree with Hels. We are bombarded so much with the garish in signage. Stefan these examples are such a wonder to see.

Art by Karena

Lucindaville said...

The Waugh book is great... been trying to post on it for months. Maybe this will get me going.