With another Holiday Weekend upon us (Happy Labor Day all!), we thought we’d have a little fun this Friday and take a look at some of the most iconic signs from around the San Francisco Bay Area, home of our Blue Pond Signs offices in San Rafael. The Bay Area is home to dozens of famous and historically significant pieces of architecture. Wonders like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Transamerica building, and Mission San Francisco have graced dozens of travel guides and served as tourist attractions for years. Often overlooked but equally important, there are many iconic signs that have contributed to the great skylines the Bay Area is home to:
The Yahoo Billboard – San Francisco
Although the sign was unfortunately taken down in 2011, the Yahoo billboard stood alongside Interstate 80 in the heart of downtown San Francisco for over a decade. Erected in 1999 at the height of the first dot-com boom, the retro styled sign inspired sister signs in both New York and Los Angeles. San Francisco and Bay Area residents saw the iconic billboard as a monument to the cities role in the development of the tech industry.
Grand Lake Theater Sign – Oakland
A landmark since the theater opened in 1926, the sign atop the Grand Lake Theater in the Lake Merritt neighborhood of Oakland brings us back to a time when the theater was the entertainment hub of cities. Designed by Theodore Wetteland, the iconic sign atop the theater is 52 feet high by 72 feet wide, and uses 2,800 colored light bulbs. It is still the largest rotary contact sign west of the Mississippi River. The theater still houses multiple active movie screens today.
Doggy Diner – San Francisco
Kids on a trip to the SF Zoo might be confused at the seemingly random statue of a dog in a chef outfit nearby, but their parents might know the significance. The Doggie Diner was a popular Bay Area fast food chain that operated from 1949 to 1986. After the chain closed, many of the doggie heads were taken down, vandalized or stolen. The sign on Sloat Blvd is currently the last one standing after receiving a much needed renovation in 2001. In 2008, the sign officially became a San Francisco Landmark.