CROWN POINT | A 122-year-old downtown building being restored to its original look could sport a unique, corner mounted sign reminiscent of earlier times after approval this week by city zoning officials.
The sign's approval was stalled over regulations restricting the size, shape and location of signage in the downtown historic district.
Board of Zoning Appeals members overcame concerns, especially after building owners Matt and Sandra Bapple agreed to shrink the size of the sign by several feet and to not illuminate it.
The owners' request for variances to make the sign comply with city code was approved 5-0 by the zoning board.
"I love this sign," zoning board member John Marshall said. "It is cool. It is original. It's what old downtown Crown Point is."
The 12-feet by 22-inch sign is proposed to be suspended from the southeast corner of the building, 101 N. Main St., where restoration efforts began earlier in summer.
The work includes replacing faux wood paneling on the first floor with a storefront window, and the removal of a canopy installed in the 1950s.
Windows on the first floor exterior south wall are being uncovered after having been bricked over, and existing glass is being replaced with new double-hung windows similar to those shown in older photos of the building, constructed in 1891.
Because the building is in the downtown historic district, renovations are subject to review by the Historic Preservation Commission.
Historic Preservation board members had declined to issue a certificate of appropriateness for the sign earlier this month, before the changes were made.
The proposed sign remains subject to Historic Preservation Commission review.
The Bapples own the building and operate their Bapple & Bapple CPA firm from the location. The proposed sign would bear the name of the business.