‘Light the Sign’ campaign underway to restore Roanoke landmark

A campaign will soon be under way to restore part of a Roanoke landmark for public display.

The neon sign that was part of the Commodore Inn on Patterson Avenue for more than 70 years has been getting restored. A group of Roanokers has been spending the last several months removing and replacing old sockets, among other things to bring it back to life. They’ve now found a home for the sign at the Roanoke City Market building.

The market foundation is now about to start a campaign to raise the $2,000 needed to complete the last step which will get all the neon lights glowing again. “The market used to be a place of bright, vibrant, a really fun place to go and I think that neon had a lot to do with it,” City Market Building Director Michelle Dykstra. “I hear all the time from people, ‘Oh, bring the neon back,” and this is the start of bringing the neon back.”

Michelle’s goal is to uncover more historic neon signs to bring to the market.

You can make a donation to the Light the Sign campaign at the market building or online.

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