On Sunday, April 22nd, in Dallas, a crowd cheered, a live band played, and a bulldozer got to work. Demolition of 1900 Young Street (also known as the Columbia Pictures Building) began, marking a step forward restoring and reviving neighboring 508 Park Avenue.
In the 1950s, the squat building was used as a storage facility for flammable films belonging to Columbia Pictures. But time and decay wore 1900 Young Street down, and for many years, the building was abandoned.
Thanks to the First Presbyterian Church and historian Alan Govenar, 1900 Young Street is being transformed into an outdoor amphitheater. A limestone corner was removed from the building prior to demolition and will be used as a part of the amphitheater – a little old with the new.
Next door, historic 508 Park Avenue is being renovated into the Museum of Street Culture. 508 Park Avenue is famous for being the Warner Bros. Pictures storage facility and the Brunswick Records office where many musicians, including Robert Johnson and Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded.
What does all this have to do with Signazon.com? Well, besides from the fact we love our city and its history as well as a good demolition, we provided some banners for the big event as a part of our Nonprofit Program
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For more information about the 508 Park Avenue project, visit www.508park.org