Arts and Culture

Ten Best Commercial Signs on Central Colfax

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10) All Inn Motel 3015 East Colfax Known more in recent years for housing the once-hopping Rockbar, the All Inn Motel has definitely seen better days -- but its sign is still beautiful and bright. The simple, glowing "MOTEL" is a glaring reminder of a time when Colfax was a hot spot for tourists and travelers to stop overnight when heading through Denver. 9) Newhouse Hotel 1470 Grant Street Though technically not on Colfax, the Newhouse Hotel's building wraps around Grant and onto the street with a beautiful neon sign on the corner that signals the start of Colfax's central strip. The signage may be plain, but the retro piece was refreshed with new tubing in 2013 that has it shining bright. 8) Lost Highway Brewing 520 East Colfax Not a throwback or even a neon wonder, the Lost Highway Brewing sign proves that incandescent lighting and simple illustration can make a big impact. Named after Colfax's one-time designation as the highway Route 40, Lost Highway's wiggly, illuminated arrow is as eye-catching as the street it sits on. 7) John's Liquor 1816 East Colfax John's Liquor may be a run-of-the-mill liquor store, but its sign is a throwback to when commercial signage was an art form. Tall, bright and angled, this nice piece of neon work is a reminder of different times on Colfax -- and though the times change, much of the street's activities patrons keep this strip buzzing both day and night.
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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