As seen on San Leandro Street – a pedo van, a birthday cake, and fireworks.
Sometimes negative space is gorgeous. Instagram of the American Steel Studios.
Key Klub 856 Bush Street between Mason and Taylor. This thing is spectacular! The peeling paint, the broken tubing, the real estate ad armature, the clever use of the letter “K”, the inexplicable “Crossroads of the World” tagline. The building dates from 1922; I’m unsure of the sign’s vintage but it’s definitely old.
Eagle Apartments – this is a horrible sign. It looks like someone painted it using a paint roller and a bucket of discount white primer. True, some of that inelegance could be from decay and ineffective restoration. However, the font is still awkwardly blocky and the letters badly scaled to one another. Continue reading
We’ve already established that sometimes architecture is a mindfuck; full of small details and tiny decorative flourishes straight from the uncanny valley of WTF. This little oddity is from the Don Lee Building at 1000 Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. Built in 1919 as a Cadillac showroom, this neoclassical building contains all manner of fanciful human and humanoid figures. The above image, a repeating element on the entryway columns, combines two common decorative flourishes: a cherub/putto with a swag/festoon/garland. But why is the garland coming from it’s mouth? Continue reading