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Roanoke man aims to restore Commodore Inn sign

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Roanoke's Commodore Inn as it once stood on Patterson Avenue and 12th Street. Roanoke's Commodore Inn as it once stood on Patterson Avenue and 12th Street.
The jukebox and counter in the former Commodore Inn in Roanoke. It was located on Patterson Avenue and 12th Street. The jukebox and counter in the former Commodore Inn in Roanoke. It was located on Patterson Avenue and 12th Street.
ROANOKE (WSLS)-- The man behind the restoration of the old Commodore Inn sign hopes the community shares his desire to bring it back to life.

A campaign kicked off earlier this week to "Light the Sign." It was perched above the former inn on Patterson Avenue and 12th Street in Roanoke for decades.

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Matt Ames remembers when his grandfather hung out at the Inn in the 40s. He says he eyed it for years before he asked the building owner if he could take it with the goal of trying to save it. Ames says it's the memories around the sign that make it important to restore.

"I'm interested in the idea of taking historical artifacts and bringing them back to life somehow just to reactivate them and see what kind of connection people can make with these things from the past," Ames said.

The Market Building Foundation contacted Ames about displaying the sign there.

It will be available for the public to see on the mezzanine at the City Market Building once the restoration is complete. The Roanoke City Market Building is trying to raise $2,000 to pay for the work to finish it, namely to cover the expense of restoring the neon lights. You can make a donation here.

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