This landmark sign has been a fixture on South Broad Street in Philadelphia since the early 1960’s. As one of the few remaining large projecting signs on Broad Street the “Boot & Saddle Bar” sign hung neglected, faded and in need of repair. In 2013 the establishment re-opened as a music venue. The “Boot & Saddle Bar” quickly became popular with the locals. As part of an agreement with the local business and neighborhood association the restoration of the sign was required in order to obtain a liquor license.
Once removed from its original steel supports the two story high sign was brought to our facility in Holmes, PA. There we began to remove the decade’s worth of bird’s nests, bee hives, Pigeon droppings and rusty old transformers. Once cleaned the reconstruction began. Patterns were made of the original galvanized channel letters and face plates. Paint chips were recovered and used to determine the “Pinky Beige” background color. Neon units, both broken and some intact, were traced and positioned on the outline of the boot shape. With the help of old photos the original layout came together. Utilizing current technology our production manager Mark McClung along with our skilled sign technicians created new face panels, channel letters and neon patterns. The new letters were formed using a computerized channel bending machine. The face plates were cut by hand. New neon tubes were bent in our glass shop and the stainless steel outer cabinet was polished and repaired.
In coordination with Philadelphia Sign Co. of Palmyra, NJ, the steel beams used to support the sign were engineered and replaced. Philadelphia Sign Co. also assisted in the re-installation in January 2016.
The stainless steel boot complete with its new pinky beige background, hot pink, deep yellow and turquoise letters along with 52 exposed neon units consisting of letters and graphics, 104 new glass housings, 12 transformers, 200 feet of new wire and a new steel support structure the restoration was complete. Urban Neon, Inc. and its employees take pride in the work we did to bring this iconic piece of the Philadelphia commercial landscape back to life.