The original Essex House sign consisted of large sheet-copper letters housed by a series of vertical steel trusses with diagonal bracing and horizontal cross members spanning the trusses.

Despite its expert craftsmanship, after more than 85 years the original sheet copper letters were falling apart.

American & Interstate Signcrafters was responsible for removing these letters safely. We were also tasked with fabricating and installing identical lightweight, weather resistant aluminum letters.

As an added challenge we were asked to preserve the building’s appearance throughout the duration of the project. To achieve the this we brought each letter to the roof in pieces, assembled and hoisted them to the structure one letter at a time.

To date the JW Marriott Essex House high rise sign remains one of the only signs that can be seen from Central Park.

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by American / Interstate Signcrafters

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