BETHLEHEM HARB - Several signage proposals discussed
The Historical and Architectural Review Board granted a certificate of appropriateness to Genevieve Marcon for new signage on two windows for her Church Street Market at 1 E. Church St. Marcon usually sits on the other side of the table as a board member. This time she was the applicant at the Dec. 6 meeting in the Rotunda. Chairman Fred Bonsall advised her to have a black outline around the edges of the proposed hand painted gold leaf letters and pinstripe border for greater visibility. The 19th century red brick building, located at the corner of Church and New steets, was the former location of the Warren Hair Salon.
Bruce Campbell, owner of a stately house at 129 E. Market St., was quickly approved by the board to display his circa 1917 plaque on the front wall of his home. The location of the historic district sign is to be between a first floor window and the corner of the red brick structure. Campbell was instructed to fasten it to a mortar joint and not drill holes into the brick.
HARB tabled both signage proposals for two adjacent businesses owned by Juan Carlos Paredes at 526 and 520 Main St. His wife, Cara Paredes, represented both in separate applications. The board instructed her to return with more detailed plans to scale. They also need to see color and lighting choices before making a decision.
Although the board usually recommends against a sans serif font, they agreed that the storefront and hanging bracket signage for Urbano Mexican Kitchen & Bar fit the art deco appearance of the three story building. Marsha Fritz advised Paredes to choose dark bronze for the lettering if the stonework behind it was gray, or black letters if the stonework was a warmer, sandy color. Fred Bonsall suggested she also look into LED lighting to illuminate them from behind. The location is the former home of Little Italy on Main.
Proposed storefront and hanging bracket signage for Peculiar Wine and Beer Shop at 520 Main St. was also examined by the board. The store is located in the other half of the building that was home to Little Italy on Main. They recommended that the colors and lighting for these signs tie in with the Urbano signage, since they are two parts of the same enterprise. Fritz suggested that the script font chosen for “Peculiar” not touch the edge of the bracket sign border.
The Historical and Architectural Review Board meets the first Wednesday of every month to review all exterior changes proposed to buildings in the Bethlehem Historic District north of the Lehigh River. When a proposed project receives a certificate of appropriateness from the board, applicants must wait for city council to vote on it before proceeding.