Photo By: Al Barna
Neon Sign & Ghost Sign History Tour
TENDERLOIN MUSEUM + SF NEON
Gather your team online for a tour featuring vintage neon signs and ghost signs (faded, hand-painted signs on the sides of buildings that advertise a product or business) in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. In this unique session, you will see a rich collection of photographs, video clips, maps, and historic research compiled by hosts Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan, SF Neon preservationists, and Kasey Smith, SF Ghost Sign Mapping Project creator and artist. You'll learn about the history of small businesses that once thrived in the Tenderloin plus the legacy businesses that have survived against considerable odds.
Duration: 90 minutes
Group Size: Any
What's Included: Expert-led tour
What You Need: Nothing!
The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the rich history of one of San Francisco's most misunderstood neighborhood. The 31 blocks of the Tenderloin district are the beating heart of the city peopled by immigrants and iconoclasts, artists and activists, sinners and saints. Visit the Tenderloin Museum and encounter a kaleidoscopic American city in all its grit and glory.
San Francisco Neon advocates for preserving historic neon signs with tours, talks, exhibits, consultations, and events including Neon Speaks, an annual festival and symposium celebrating vintage neon preservation. The mission of San Francisco Neon and Neon Speaks is to educate and advocate for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs: an enduring archive of design, craft, community, and city history.