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Update: Carlyle Motel Sign Destroyed; Sold Off In Pieces.

The fate of the Carlyle Motel sign on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is worse than I thought. Click here for my original post on the subject.

Both sides of the sign (referred to in the promotion as east and west) are being sold off as puzzle pieces. Most of the pieces have already been purchased. Here are some screen shots. You’ll want to click on these images to enlarge them. Hat tip: “Dustin.”

The Carlyle Motel sign was sold off in pieces.

A legend of the Carlyle Motel sign. Some pieces are still for sale.

Selling off pieces of vintage signs

Retro motel signs on Route 66 sold off in pieces for profit

The Carlyle Motel Sign: Quite Literally in Pieces.

You can still buy the T if you want. It’s $495.00

Creative Placemaking

From the National Consortium on Creative Placemaking:

“Creative placemaking is a new way of making communities more livable and prosperous through the arts, and making them better places for the arts. Creative placemaking is about more than public art or performing arts centers. It is about making places better for everyone.”

Vintage Arby's Sign on Route 66 in Oklahoma City

Vintage Arby’s Sign on Route 66 in Oklahoma City. I think I read somewhere that this sign went up in 1964.

The significance of the Carlyle Motel sign to Oklahoma’s stretch of Route 66 was historic and economic. The sign was the book-end in a stretch of great neon signs along NW 39th Expressway. In fact, until the restoration of Automobile Alley, NW 39th Street just east of Portland to MacArthur had the longest stretch of neon signs in the city. There is still a lot of neon left on the street including the above Arby’s sign in all its hat and glory. I took that picture in 2008 or 2009.

Credit Connection Neon Sign 39th Street

New Neon: Credit Connection on Route 66

There is even some relatively new neon at a used car dealership, Credit Connection, on 39th. The only picture I have of it I snapped with an old camera phone, but you can see the owner invested some serious coin in signage. That’s because signs are important.

Click here to review the primary principles that guide creative placemaking. These are from ArtsPlace, a collaboration of 13 foundations and banks that makes grants to help transform communities.

Finally, I wrote this commentary for KOSU in July 2012 about click here to see my collection of retro signs throughout Oklahoma City.


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  1. Andi

    Love the spam above, they are getting so creative these days! While I really love the signs and how they look with the couch – it kills me that they desecrated history to do it. Couldn’t they have just recreated them for people to buy as replicas – ugh! Every time I see a retro sign I take a photo because I love them, now I guess I should be doing that because I may never see them again!

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