Society of Commercial Archaeology highlights endangered Colfax neon

The Society of Commercial Archaeology placed Colfax Avenue's neon signs on its 2016 "Falling by the Wayside" list of endangered landmarks.


The neon signs on Colfax Avenue face several threats. First, as the Colfax Avenue corridor reawakens, there is pressure for redevelopment of the corridor. Abandoned properties along the corridor are often razed, along with their neon signs. Second, the high-quality materials that were used to make the signs originally make them expensive to maintain today, and it is often cheaper to replace the signs rather than repair them. Lastly, as new businesses open in existing buildings, many signs are demolished for signs for the new business. The threats to the signs on Colfax Avenue led Colorado Preservation, Inc., to place the signs in their 2014 Most Endangered Places Program.

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