Detroit's most frenzied business boom was in the 1920s, an era when hand-painted signs were a standard fixture for most storefronts. A ton of them still survive today (especially downtown) but we don't often see new ones.
That's why we're giving three cheers to Sachse Construction, which had their logo painted on the Arts League Building after moving there from Birmingham over the summer. There's a decent chance you'll miss the new painting unless you're looking for it, but the subtlety—something very much lacking in a lot of downtown signage— is what makes it fit in with the historic architecture of Merchants Row.
· Arts League Building is a Nugget of Preserved Modernism [Curbed]