Post Number: 368
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:32 pm: || |
I know its been down for a few years but when exactly did they take it down and why? I remember it being cool the way the lighted letters would "write out" the name.
Post Number: 783
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 3:43 pm: || |
I know. I used to love that as a kid. I had no idea what it even was. I think I thought it was a factory or a dance club. Now that I actually like Canadian Club, I can't enjoy the light show! aawww...
Post Number: 2936
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:12 pm: || |
Nothing is forever. Live with it.
Post Number: 5875
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:16 pm: || |
A HARD dose of reality from Ray!
Post Number: 1970
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:20 pm: || |
I miss the big red GENERAL MOTORS letters on top of the building on the Boulevard. I also miss the HUDSONS signs around the top of the tower, the VERNOR'S GNOME all lit up, and, finally, the beautiful STONE BURLESK neon sign that used to be on Woodward near I-75. Ah, nostalgia.
Post Number: 1971
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:24 pm: || |
I am not being facetious. I really do miss these signs. I wish I had photos of them.
Post Number: 1591
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:29 pm: || |
How about we buy the Broderick and place all the old signs everyone loves all over it... like a mini times square lol.
Post Number: 375
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:34 pm: || |
Add to the list the WDET sign on the Maccabees and the Stroh's sign on the old brewery.
Post Number: 6598
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:45 pm: || |
The CC Sign was structurally unsound, hence it came down. It was actually the second CC sign.
There are photos of both here:
Post Number: 951
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 4:56 pm: || |
And the art deco WWJ sign.
Post Number: 2145
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:10 pm: || |
When I was a wee lad, one of my favorite things about heading downtown was the neon blue & yellow flame flickering over "the gas building."
Post Number: 194
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 5:19 pm: || |
I remember seeing that flame over the gas building when I was a kid, too. Didn't they have a restaurant up there called The Top Of The Flame?
Post Number: 2153
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:11 pm: || |
Downriv, I believe that is correct, yes.
Post Number: 2138
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 6:33 pm: || |
But they can't ever take down the "world's best ROACH KILLER" sign off of the building on Grand River.
That would just be wrong.
Post Number: 203
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 7:15 pm: || |
AIW knows his Windsor history...
Post Number: 4113
|Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 8:47 pm: || |
But where was the big GE logo?
Post Number: 1351
|Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 10:37 am: || |
The GE logo was near the Lodge and I-94 interchange.
Post Number: 26
|Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:20 am: || |
Probably the nazi's that run MADD made them take it down.
Post Number: 119
|Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:40 am: || |
What year did the ginormous Dodge Firepower sign come down?
Post Number: 17
|Posted on Tuesday, April 01, 2008 - 11:53 am: || |
Does anyone remember a giant Indian Head on top of a bank on Jefferson going into Grosse Pte? I think it was Manufacturer's Bank. I was so scared of that thing that I used to hide behind the seat of the car til we were past it.
Post Number: 120
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 1:28 pm: || |
Jcole-Standard Federal is what you're thinking of-they were taken over by LaSalle Bank...which is ironic since that's what the French did to the Indians anyway...
Post Number: 191
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 6:09 pm: || |
How about the AC sparkplug sign over by the fairgrounds or the color changing phone by the Lodge. There was a significance to the color of the phone in relation to the weather. Correct me if wrong but didn't blue mean colder, red hotter, yellow rain?
Post Number: 1228
|Posted on Wednesday, April 02, 2008 - 7:08 pm: || |
a_d, here is the rhyme associated with citizen bank's weatherball, as told to me:
when the weatherball is red, warmer temperature's ahead.
when the weatherball is blue, colder temperature is due.
when yellow is the weatherball, there will be no change at all.
when the ball blinks in agitation, there will be precipitation.
Post Number: 40
|Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 2:03 pm: || |
Yes, the Top of the Flame was the restaurant located on the 26th floor of the "gas building". Served good food. Unfortunately, too many who worked in the building, (including my boss), spent their lunch hours and breaks at the bar. I remember getting a call from another employee suggesting that I come up and get my boss, who had just fallen off a bar stool. Not long after that it was "suggested" by management that he enter rehab. After the "Top" closed it became more office space for the company I worked for. It seemed funny to have the executive offices located on 25 and general offices on 26. The offices on 25 were super nice...the CEO office had a fireplace and a big bux oriental rug on the floor. There was a tiny office for his valet/driver. Many of the exec offices had full baths with tubs and showers. I believe the flame that others have mentioned was gone before I started working there in 1971.
Post Number: 160
|Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 2:48 pm: || |
Remember the Fisk Tire sign?
I think it was off of Michigan Ave.
Time to "re-tire."
Post Number: 1355
|Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 3:38 pm: || |
Thecarl-- Growing up in Flint, I remember wallet calendars with the Weatherball Poem printed on them in the mid-'80s.
Post Number: 22
|Posted on Thursday, April 03, 2008 - 4:26 pm: || |
Thanks for the info on Standard Federal. I'll probably start having nightmares about that damned indian head jumping down off the building and chasing me up Jefferson again, though.
Post Number: 277
|Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 6:42 pm: || |
Jcole--I honestly don't remember if Standard Federal had an Indian head or not (I thought their presence locally was mostly a result of buying Michigan National...but I could be wrong)--the Indian head was definitely the logo for Detroit Bank & Trust prior to changing it's name to Comerica (and ultimately, merging with Manufacturers). If you go to the old DB&T headquarters on Fort (there's still a Comerica branch there)--you can see a sculpture called "Variation on Logo" which is a modernist "impression" of the Indian head logo--I believe there's a plaque there to tell the tale.
It was also interesting reading about the old MichCon executive suites. I know it's been discussed here before, but the old Manufacturers Bank executive suites in the RenCen were completely mothballed following the Comerica merger--and now serve, with relatively few modifications, as the GM exec suites.
Post Number: 122
|Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:31 pm: || |
Fastcarsfreedom, I had my doubts near immediately after my posting...I see you are right(not the SCARY logo from the 60's/70's) http://www.todocoleccion.net/e nglish/matchbook-cover-usa-mic higan-the-detroit-bank-and-tru st-co-oldest-bank-in-michigan~ eng6104224
Post Number: 33
|Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 8:59 pm: || |
Thanks for letting me know about the correction.
Hey, it probably wasn't scary to anyone but me, but it ranked right up there with the flying monkeys from the Wizard of Oz in my eyes.
Post Number: 2
|Posted on Friday, April 04, 2008 - 10:31 pm: || |
Too bad the Top of the Flame closed! That was a good restaurant!