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Monique Calello / Staunton News Leader
Stonewall Jackson Neon
Staunton, VA

A prominent neon sign atop the Stonewall Jackson Hotel has been approved for removal by the city. Earlier this year, owners of the building submitted a "certificate of appropriateness" to remove the sign stating that the piece, "does not reflect or relate the overall design and significance of the historic building or district." The hotel's architecture dates back to the mid-1920s, while the sign was installed much later in the early 1960s. The report continues, explaining that the installation occurred during a period of decline where buildings and signs were modernized in an attempt to reform the neighborhood. City officials determined that the sign was indeed a nonconforming structure that does not adhere to the adopted guidelines of the Historic District.

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