Gimme A Sign: Banner Banned

Last week, you suffered obliged me in a rant about some unsightly signage I discovered draped from the stately facade of the civic/national landmark Second Church of Christ Scientist on Adams, east of Hoover. Yeah, sometimes I pick weird battles.

But just a quick follow-up given what I found strapped across the six corinthian columns while biking by the place this morning. Yeah, that would be nothing (clickably pictured at right).

Before you go thinking my pointedly powerful and passionate prose had anything at all to do with the disappearance… pfffft. What probably helped was that I contacted the city’s Office of Historic Resources and asked them what they might think about such a thing. An architect there was quick to reply and dispatch an inspector to investigate the potentially unpermitted placard. And In a week: poof! Thank heaven!

8 Replies to “Gimme A Sign: Banner Banned”

  1. Oh no! But what about all those aimless elderly drivers Mr. Hooks talked about?! Whatever shall they do? I have visions now of them dispersing confusedly all over the neighborhood…knocking on doors…”Have you seen our church?” “Is this the Korean Christian Church?” “Er–no sir, this is a 7-11.”

  2. Interestingly enough Michele, there are flyers posted around the place indicating the previous tenant’s new location. It’s nearby on Elendale Place and along with directions and a map, there’s a picture on the flyer showing that yes, the decidedly nonhistoric building is sporting a similar if smaller banner. So all’s good!

  3. I agree the sign defaced an otherwise awesome historic bldg., but I feel a little bothered to see the city move quickly enough to sway a little guy to comply when numerous supergraphics are plastered on other historic buildings, especially in Hollywood.

  4. Well done, Will. I will agree with David, though, that it seems the city is picking off the low-hanging fruit. Hopefully that inspector will be as quick to move on other complaints, as well.

  5. It’s not like the OHR ignores bigger violations. But the people that put up supergraphics and the owners of the buildings that they’re on have lawyers, and they know that they can prolong any decision, and can file motions that wind through multiple committees before anything is ever done.

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