Ovaltine
Ovaltine

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,600

The neon sign above the Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings is among the best surviving example of mid-Century signage in Vancouver. Opened in 1942, it has resolutely resisted gentrification over the years and been used for numerous screen productions, including The The X-Files and Supernatural.

Hotel American
Hotel American

Acrylic, 12x36 inches, 2018

Private Collection, Toronto

The Hotel American has had quite a history. One of a series of rooming houses along Main St, it gradually declined and closed in 2006, reopening in 2011.

Hungry?
Hungry?

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,400

This depicts the classic neon sign above Hungry Herbie’s Drive-in diner on HWY 97 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, home of the famous monster burger. Cache Creek is a village a few hours northeast of Vancouver & is a welcome break on any drive up north.

Sai Woo Chop Suey
Sai Woo Chop Suey

Acrylic, 36x48 inches, 2017

$3,000

This sign is attached to the Sai Woo restaurant in Chinatown. Sai Woo first opened its doors as a chop suey house in 1925. Its original neon sign was likely taken down in 1959 & this new facsimile was installed in 2017.

Astoria
Astoria

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2017

$5,000

This depicts the well-loved neon sign attached to the Astoria Hastings in Strathcona. The Astoria started life as an apartment building, built in 1912 & converted into a hotel in 1950. Today the hotel is a single-room occupancy rental.

Winter's Hotel
Winter's Hotel

Acrylic, 9x12 inches, 2019

Private Collection, Vancouver

I have long loved this heritage neon sign, which peeks out unobtrusively between the trees on Abbott Street in Gastown. It marks the entrance to Winters Hotel, a four-story Edwardian construct, & operating as a hotel since 1907.

Woodbine Hotel
Woodbine Hotel

Acrylic, 18x24 inches, 2018

$850

The Woodbine is one of the lesser known SROs along East Hastings. Like many of the hotels, it was built around 1912 & called the Oak Apartments & changed to the Woodbine in the 1960's. Despite the charming facade & signage, the only recent online info is from the Bedbug Registry...

Mike's News
Mike's News

Acrylic, 30"x40", 2018

$2,400

I came across this great open-air neon Sign Museum on 104th St. in downtown Edmonton last month.

The museum includes this famous sign that used to hang above Mike’s News Stand, which operated for 70 years on Jasper Ave. Back in the day, it was apparently the place to go to hear the local gossip, the latest sports scores and the exploits of bush pilots who gathered there.

Hi Lite
Hi Lite

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2017

$2,300

This depicts the sign above the Hi-Lite restaurant in downtown Castlegar, BC. This has been a downtown landmark, and includes a functioning juke box that patrons can play from their table.

Such restaurants have been a quintessential small-town Canadian institution for 150 years, reflecting early patterns of Chinese immigration, serving both Chinese & western food at a time when they were perhaps the only restaurant in town.

Smilin' Buddha
Smilin' Buddha

Acrylic, 24 x 48 inches, 2017

Private Collection, Vancouver

You have to love the Museum of Vancouver! they have this great collection of neon signs in their permanent collection, including this one, which used to grace a famous cabaret on East Hastings & Columbia.

Balmoral
Balmoral

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2013

This piece depicts the legacy neon sign above the venerable SRO in Vancouver’s DTES.

Installed in 1928, the Balmoral sign is an early example of Vancouver neon. The sign uses a mix of neon and light bulbs. The mix reflects sign trends changing from incandescent bulb use to neon tubing.

These days it makes news from the deplorable conditions inside the hotel, rather than the beauty of this mid-Century gem

Magee Grocery
Magee Grocery

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2015

Private Collection, Vancouver

The distinctive apple neon sign above Magee Grocery in Kerrisdale in 1948, four years after the store opened. The crocery has since been removed, and is now a condo development.

Foo's Ho Ho
Foo's Ho Ho

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2015

Private Collection, Vancouver

Foo's Ho Ho Restaurant advertised itself opened in 1954 in Chinatown, served country-style Cantonese cuisine. It closed in October 2014, and the sign went with it.

Woodwards
Woodwards

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2013

Private Collection, Vancouver

A symbol of DTES renewal, this depicts the new Woodward's sign. It was installed as part of the new Woodward’s revitalisation, which has acted as a great example of mixed-use urban development.

Ovaltine
Hotel American
Hungry?
Sai Woo Chop Suey
Astoria
Winter's Hotel
Woodbine Hotel
Mike's News
Hi Lite
Smilin' Buddha
Balmoral
Magee Grocery
Foo's Ho Ho
Woodwards
Ovaltine

Acrylic, 36x36 inches, 2019

$2,600

The neon sign above the Ovaltine Cafe on East Hastings is among the best surviving example of mid-Century signage in Vancouver. Opened in 1942, it has resolutely resisted gentrification over the years and been used for numerous screen productions, including The The X-Files and Supernatural.

Hotel American

Acrylic, 12x36 inches, 2018

Private Collection, Toronto

The Hotel American has had quite a history. One of a series of rooming houses along Main St, it gradually declined and closed in 2006, reopening in 2011.

Hungry?

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2018

$2,400

This depicts the classic neon sign above Hungry Herbie’s Drive-in diner on HWY 97 in Cache Creek, British Columbia, home of the famous monster burger. Cache Creek is a village a few hours northeast of Vancouver & is a welcome break on any drive up north.

Sai Woo Chop Suey

Acrylic, 36x48 inches, 2017

$3,000

This sign is attached to the Sai Woo restaurant in Chinatown. Sai Woo first opened its doors as a chop suey house in 1925. Its original neon sign was likely taken down in 1959 & this new facsimile was installed in 2017.

Astoria

Acrylic, 72x48 inches, 2017

$5,000

This depicts the well-loved neon sign attached to the Astoria Hastings in Strathcona. The Astoria started life as an apartment building, built in 1912 & converted into a hotel in 1950. Today the hotel is a single-room occupancy rental.

Winter's Hotel

Acrylic, 9x12 inches, 2019

Private Collection, Vancouver

I have long loved this heritage neon sign, which peeks out unobtrusively between the trees on Abbott Street in Gastown. It marks the entrance to Winters Hotel, a four-story Edwardian construct, & operating as a hotel since 1907.

Woodbine Hotel

Acrylic, 18x24 inches, 2018

$850

The Woodbine is one of the lesser known SROs along East Hastings. Like many of the hotels, it was built around 1912 & called the Oak Apartments & changed to the Woodbine in the 1960's. Despite the charming facade & signage, the only recent online info is from the Bedbug Registry...

Mike's News

Acrylic, 30"x40", 2018

$2,400

I came across this great open-air neon Sign Museum on 104th St. in downtown Edmonton last month.

The museum includes this famous sign that used to hang above Mike’s News Stand, which operated for 70 years on Jasper Ave. Back in the day, it was apparently the place to go to hear the local gossip, the latest sports scores and the exploits of bush pilots who gathered there.

Hi Lite

Acrylic, 24x48 inches, 2017

$2,300

This depicts the sign above the Hi-Lite restaurant in downtown Castlegar, BC. This has been a downtown landmark, and includes a functioning juke box that patrons can play from their table.

Such restaurants have been a quintessential small-town Canadian institution for 150 years, reflecting early patterns of Chinese immigration, serving both Chinese & western food at a time when they were perhaps the only restaurant in town.

Smilin' Buddha

Acrylic, 24 x 48 inches, 2017

Private Collection, Vancouver

You have to love the Museum of Vancouver! they have this great collection of neon signs in their permanent collection, including this one, which used to grace a famous cabaret on East Hastings & Columbia.

Balmoral

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2013

This piece depicts the legacy neon sign above the venerable SRO in Vancouver’s DTES.

Installed in 1928, the Balmoral sign is an early example of Vancouver neon. The sign uses a mix of neon and light bulbs. The mix reflects sign trends changing from incandescent bulb use to neon tubing.

These days it makes news from the deplorable conditions inside the hotel, rather than the beauty of this mid-Century gem

Magee Grocery

Acrylic, 30x30 inches, 2015

Private Collection, Vancouver

The distinctive apple neon sign above Magee Grocery in Kerrisdale in 1948, four years after the store opened. The crocery has since been removed, and is now a condo development.

Foo's Ho Ho

Acrylic, 30x40 inches, 2015

Private Collection, Vancouver

Foo's Ho Ho Restaurant advertised itself opened in 1954 in Chinatown, served country-style Cantonese cuisine. It closed in October 2014, and the sign went with it.

Woodwards

Acrylic, 40x30 inches, 2013

Private Collection, Vancouver

A symbol of DTES renewal, this depicts the new Woodward's sign. It was installed as part of the new Woodward’s revitalisation, which has acted as a great example of mixed-use urban development.

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