Master Stone Masons

Category: Signs

Lawrence’s Carnegie Building Gets a New Sign

Carnegie BldgThe Carnegie building was constructed in 1904 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie. During the 1930’s an addition was build to accommodate the growing volume of books and materials. It served as the Lawrence public library until a new library was constructed in 1972.

The Lawrence Arts Center inhabited the building from 1975 through 2002. It was also in 1975 that the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Old City Library.

In January of 2011 the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department began operating the facility, once again making it available for public use. Destination Management and the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area will have offices in the facility, as well as exhibit space to display historical information about Lawrence and the surrounding area.

The City asked us to create a new sign worthy of this historic building within the City’s budget.  We took great pains to find stone that was the same hue as the building so it would look as if it has been there since the original construction,  The resulting sign also has a column carved into the end like the entrance to the building.

A New Sign for a Historic Church

Trinity Lutheran ChurchLawrence’s Trinity Lutheran Church has us make them a new sign so their visibility facing South Park could be better.  We worked with the church council to develop a design that was to their taste and then helped them put together the necessary documentation for the City’s Historic Commission and the Planner’s Department to get the necessary approvals. The resulting sign has a historic look to match the church which has stood there since 1928.

We designed a multiple signboard mechanism with an extra panel so changes could be made in the church’s offices and then taken out side and easily swapped out.  The new sign is also lit with energy efficient LED’s that should last for over the next decade and draw a third of the power the old sign used to draw.

Overall a great confluence of traditional carving techniques and the latest technology.

Rotary Arboretum

Lawrence Rotary Arboretum

The fine local Rotarians asked us to create a new sign for their Arboretum that was originally created through funding from the Lawrence Rotary Club, the Jayhawk Breakfast Rotary Club and the Lawrence Central Rotary Club in celebration of the centennial anniversary of Rotary International in 2005.

Besides trees with identification markers, the arboretum also consists of walking paths, a pergola, a gazebo and a Waterwise Xeriscape Garden.

What was missing was a hearty sign to welcome people.  This piece is ‘mixed media’ in effect as the emblem is a wonderful bronze inset.

The picture here is of most of the 80 students volunteered their morning to help with landscaping projects in conjunction with Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. The students were participants in the Northeast Kansas Rotary Leadership Camp.

Hats off to all!