Once upon a time, signs painted on the side of buildings proliferated in Pittsburgh. Over the decades as these types of signs went out of fashion, many were left to fade with time. Remnants of these signs still cling to several buildings. Some signs are faded but legible while others only show faint traces of having been there.
These signs tell a story of the history of the city. Is it a story worth preserving? If so, what is the appropriate way to preserve it? Should these signs be refreshed so that they continue to live on? Or should they be left alone to continue to fad to show their decline from favor? Yet, there appears to be renewed interest in the hand painted sign. (This article is one of several about a niche of successful hand painted sign artists.) Maybe as these buildings are renovated, some of these signs will be refreshed with a modern take.