Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Dallas Love Field’s mid-century modern sign is back, soon in LEDs
The sign will be uncovered when the landscaping is done, says a spokesperson.
DALLAS Hard to believe there aren’t more easily accessible photos of the sign that directed you into Dallas Love Field off Mockingbird Lane from 1958 until ’95, give or take. City Hall’s archives contained but the two seen above; ours come up empty. But no matter: Thanks to Richard Cass, who’s currently fighting City Hall in an attempt to keep the old Braniff building standing at the city-owned airport, we now have these sneak peeks at the mid-century modern wonder that just landed back at Love.
As Cass notes on his Braniff Flying Colors Facebook page, he espied crews installing the sign yesterday at Mockingbird and Denton Drive — shortly before it was covered up. So, when will we see it again?
Hard to say: Jose Luis Torres, the airport’s spokesperson, says it will be unwrapped “once the landscaping is done” at that intersection as part of the ongoing Love Field Modernization Program. And he’s not sure when that’s supposed to be finished. But when it is …
“One morning everyone’s going to drive by and see the sign flashing,” he says. “There are no plans for a ceremony, no plans for cheerleaders. It’ll be one of those things.”
Torres says that when the sign was removed in the mid-’90s, it was taken to one of the airport’s maintenance facilities, where it was restored over time. Says here that way back in ’04 the plan was “to have the sign restored to its original condition and erected in a plaza at the corner of Mockingbird Lane and Denton Drive,” at least when money came available. That time has come.
Torres says it’s now adored with LED lights (because, after all, that’s the Dallas way) and “has been redone to its former splendor — or better.”
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