stand up type

I love signs like this…where each individual letter is standing up side by side, like they’re going off to war. I’m torn which Riviera type treatment I like better. The lettering at the top of the building is pretty sweet but the red lettering on top of the marquee seems original to the building. I love the red letters and how they are situated. Great signage.

We were driving back from SC to Ohio and had to go through this tunnel. I always keep my camera on stand-by now so I was lucky enough to get this shot. Pretty sweet typography for a tunnel in the middle of West Virginia!  See below for a short history on each…pretty interesting!

Riviera Theatre*
225 King Street was opened: January 15, 1939. It was renovated as a Conference Center in 1997. Built on the site of the Academy of Music, the Riviera opened on January 15, 1939. When it opened it had 789 seats downstairs and 125 seats in the balcony for whites and 279 seats in the gallery for blacks. There was a separate entrance for blacks on the Market Street side. Now generally regarded as Art Deco, the architect Charles C. Benton, described the style as “classic modern” in 1939.
Big Walker Mountain Tunnel*
This is a vehicular tunnel in the Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia that carries I-77  through/under Big Walker Mountain. The 4,229-foot (1,288 m) tunnel was first opened in 1972 after five years of construction labor. It carried a price tag of $50 million, which at the time was the most expensive single project undertaken on Virginia’s interstate system. The opening of the tunnel reduced the travel time from Wytheville to Bland County by 30 minutes. Preliminary engineering studies for the project were made by Brokenborough & Watkins, consulting engineers of Richmond, Virginia, and the final design of the roadway and tunnel was by Singstad & Kehart, consulting engineers of New York City.
*Thanks Wikipedia for the background!

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