An old building becomes new again.
The Buckeye Candy building in downtown Mount Vernon had been empty for awhile. Being a building that was a part of the community since around 1910 when it started as a grocery store, it was a relief to everyone that the building would not be torn down.
This job was exciting from the start considering the fact that I had driven by the building for at least 15 years just wishing I could step foot in it. We were able to take a tour of the building as the insides were being torn out and the ideas just flooded as we heard the stories of the building and saw where trains stopped inside to deliver food. Kenyon had to gut the entire inside of the building and rebuild it to their desires to house the theater program. Our task was to design the signage that would go on the outside of the building as well as the donor signage inside. Our concepts ranged from a vintage theater feel, to an old style wooden hanging sign, then we worked on a simple idea of painting all the signage on the building with simple dimensional backlit type on the north and south side.
Once the college decided to keep the original Mail Pouch advertisement painted on the building, we knew exactly what we needed to do. We then proposed an idea of painting on the building and then distressing the paint to match the Mail Pouch signage. After much discussion, the decision was made to keep the new painting brand new rather than distressed. It allowed the building to show off its character as well as be recognized as the new Kenyon College Wright Center.