Over the weekend, Asheville residents bid farewell to an unlikely downtown landmark. For decades the Interstate Motel sign has proudly proclaimed room rentals for a scant $29, even though the motel itself was converted into the 37 Hiawasee condominiums in 2003. Although various uses for the increasingly confusing sign have been proposed over the last four years, developer Tony Cecil recently decided that it was time for the aging advertisement to finally come down.
For those of you who missed the big event, the local bloggers at Scrutiny Hooligans managed to land a cool video of the sign’s final moments, as well as a slideshow of the entire process. Blog contributor Syntax also posted a few musings on the sign’s removal, which could be seen as the end of an era.
“For years the sign was not only a fascinating standout for people who appreciate cultural ephemera and urban decay as art, but also a reminder of innocent and not-so-innocent times. No matter what your take on this is, there’s no denying that Asheville lost yet another piece of its history. In a weird way, I was sad to see it go … “
— Steve Shanafelt, A&E editor