Inn at City Park Sign

May 23, 2019 | Gold Leaf Hand Carved Hand Painted Signs | 0 comments

The Inn at City Park sign distinguishes a rare 1930’s foursquare structure as a historic landmark that was transformed into a lovely bed and breakfast. Today, the Inn no longer entertains guests. However, as a private home, it still graces a beautiful tree-lined avenue in Fort Collins.

The original home was built in 1935, then updated in 2005, around the same time that it was transformed into the American farmhouse-styled bed and breakfast. The new refurbishments complemented the original structure’s early 1900’s-era architecture. In addition, it featured a serene park-like setting and was uniquely situated just a few minutes walk or drive from historic Old Town Fort Collins, to the east.

The Inn at City Park offered five elegantly designed guest rooms. Additionally, throughout the structure, hardwood floors highlighted the beauty and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Outside, beautiful landscaping and gardens provided the quiet park-like setting, mentioned above. Finally, the large, wrap-around porch offered views of the city’s historic park and golf course. It was a lovely setting for conversation, refreshment, or contemplation.The Inn front veranda

How we made the Inn at City Park Sign

In 2005, we designed the Inn’s two-sided sign to reflect the ornate graphics of the early 20th century. In addition, the sign’s gold-leafed letters commanded the attention of passers-by, then drew the eye to the streetcar graphic, below. (The original streetcar still operates daily during summer months.) Next, the address oval and the bed and breakfast tagline finished off the design.

We shaped the background panels from medium-density signboard. Then, painted them to correspond with the Inn’s exterior colors. The streetcar was formed from medium-density signboard, then hand-illustrated/painted. Finally, we added the gold-leafed, prismatic letters that were hand-carved in high-density urethane.

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