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.
Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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