Vintage Neon and Googie Signage in Phoenix

Now being cataloged by the Arizona Vintage Sign Coalition

Phoenix was once plagued with an overabundance of exuberant street signage — so much that current ordinances seemed to have virtually phased them out. A few great examples remain, and we're tracking them down to reach out and ask owners to keep the signs intact.
Courtesy Chevrolet Neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaCourtesy Chevrolet recently replaced their neon and bulbs with what appears to be LED, shown below. What do you think? Courtesty Chevrolet in Phoenix Arizona LED sign Many have been concerned about the fate of the colossal Bill Johnson's sign that went up for auction in the dead of summer 2015. This icon on Van Buren was designed by Valley legend Glen Guyette, designer of other favorites such as Mr. Lucky's, My Florist and Courtesy Chevrolet. On the day the sign sold, The Arizona Vintage Sign Coalition quickly mobilized to contact the sign's new owner. Through negotiations before the sale, we received permission from Gateway Community College (ultimately the landowner) to keep the sign installed on site until a longer-term preservation plan could be put in place. A few months after that decision was made, the owner of the sign was asked to come remove it. It is now part of the collection of Speedway restaurant in Maricopa.Acme Blueprint sign in Phoenix ArizonaEveryone asks me where this sign is. It's deep behind Giant Coffee on McDowell Road. Happy sign hunting! ZIggie's neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaZiggie's recently rehabilitated their sign, even if it is only occasionally illuminated at night. Good for them! Walgreens neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaWe've received many inquiries about the Walgreens sign in Sunnyslope but as far as we know, the building is going to stick around. The neon was replaced by LED as far as we can tell and no longer features as many strokes.Walgreens neon sign in Phoenix Arizona Walgreens neon sign in Phoenix Arizona Golden Moon Palace Chinese Restaurant Neon in Phoenix, ArizonaGolden Moon Palace recently closed its doors. The sign was removed by an unknown buyer.Golden Moon Palace Chinese Restaurant Neon in Phoenix, Arizona China Village neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaChina Village replaced their charming neon sign with color-modulating LED in 2015. Here's what it looked like about a year before the replacement. China Village neon sign in Phoenix Arizona City Center Motel sign in Phoenix ArizonaLast we talked to City Center Motel in 2014 they were on board with preserving their motel's character, signage included. However, when the motel became part of the Travelodge franchise, the yellow letters were removed and replaced with blue Travelodge branding. AVSCo purchased the huge yellow panels and they are being held for safekeeping.Arby's neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaThe monumental Arby's Hat is still shining strong on Thomas Road. Pawn First sign in Phoenix ArizonaThis pawn shop was Heddy's Wig Shop on east Indian School Road. The dollar sign ovals used to be round H-shapes but appear to have been filled in. Maroney's sign in Phoenix Arizona Maroney's appears to be doing great both day and night! Maroney's sign in Phoenix Arizona Hong Kong neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaThe Hong Kong sign has deteriorated in maintenance over the last few years far beyond what's shown here. Keep an eye on it. Hong Kong neon sign in Phoenix Arizona Dick's sign in Phoenix ArizonaDick's is actually a refresh of an old sign. We don't know how they got it done, but we think it is a fair treatment of a Googie style sign, given the current restrictions on signage. Good example of grandfathering an existing shape! Party People sign in Phoenix ArizonaWe're guessing this was a lighting store at some point, but props to the Party People for maintaining the sign this way for so long. Cheese n Stuff neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaThe Cheese 'n Stuff sign was dark for years, but Christy's signs repeatedly offered to rehab it for them and they finally accepted. Cheese n Stuff neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaBeall's sign in Phoenix ArizonaBeall's sign in Phoenix ArizonaThis strip of Indian School Road used to be a center for home design and furnishings, which may explain the giant compass shape. Legends and lore welcome! La Pinata neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaLa Pinata has relocated to 7th Avenue and Missouri, and couldn't take their sign with them. Their new sign was replicated on a smaller scale with LED. We're certain than most neon enthusiasts would agree that a replica just isn't the same. The original sign has been put in storage by a local sign company until future use can be determined. Hobe Meats neon sign in Phoenix ArizonaPretty sure that Hobe is not going anywhere! Macay's neon sign in PhoenixMacayo's huge sign on Central Avenue was supposed to be relocated to their new restaurant location in 2016, but that status is currently unknown.

Photos ©2014-6 Modern Phoenix LLC

Did we leave out your favorites?

View a much larger map of neon signs in separate window.
Compiled by AVSC - Arizona Vintage Sign Coalition.

CommunityWalk Map - Vintage Neon of Phoenix Metro

The Modern Phoenix® Website is owned by Modern Phoenix LLC. All content is ©2003-2021 Modern Phoenix LLC unless otherwise credited or a vintage reprint. Individual photographs may be owned by third parties.