El Cortez's Awning Comes Down, Exposes Beautiful Work Underneath

by Mike Van Houten / Apr 10, 2015

El Cortez's hideous awning that doesn't match the building at all, is coming down, much to the delight of Noble Pie Parlor owners Trevor Leppek and Ryan 'Pie Face' Goldhammer.

I do have to admit, the transformation is striking. After completely removed, Siegel will decide to either leave the terracotta work underneath exposed, or put up vintage awnings more appropriate for the building.

No word yet on the window style they are coming up with to replace El Cortez's old windows. Siegel Group got a little slap on the wrist from the Historic Resource Commission for attempting to put in 1970s-style horizontal slider windows with no character.

Photos courtesy downtown resident Danny Maloney.

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  • April 10, 2015 - 10:53:19 AM

    Photo credits, please!

  • April 10, 2015 - 11:51:10 AM

    Yep that awning was ugly. and maybe the El Cortez could use some LED colored lighting to enhance its lines and architecture. And clean the sidewalk in front, or put in some Xeriscapeing.

  • April 10, 2015 - 5:29:04 PM

    Now about those even more hideous window coolers

  • April 15, 2015 - 12:53:43 PM

    Just got a peek at the terracotta today, that is amazing! I can't believe it was ever covered up