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.