Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sailor's Rest


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While out walking in the SODO neighborhood I came across this pristine neon sign and artistic gate. I have no idea what Sailor's Rest might be, although it was apparent it was not a bar or restaurant. If you know, please fill us in as there was no information on the web. I'm thinking it might be a service or mission organization. The sign appeared to be completely contemporary rather than vintage. If it is older, it has been meticulously maintained. I'm seeing more and more custom metalwork and art glass gates and fences like this all around town.

10 comments:

Small City Scenes said...

Your mission Miz Kim, is to find out all About Sailor's rest---and you will.

Love the shot of the upside down little girl.

Halcyon said...

Sounds like a good name for a cemetary.

Halcyon said...

Or a mattress store for seafarers. ;)

James Lamb / tvjames said...

Searching for the term finds a place in Boston (in an old book on Amazon - search for: "Sailor's Club" Seattle) which sounds similar to the Catholic Seaman's Club on 1st. Ave. The book also references the "Seaman Institute," a former Seattle institution. Sounds like places where men off of ships can come and find assistance, shelter, etc.

brattcat said...

Love the mystery, love these shots.

Louis la Vache said...

The Sailor's Rest sign certainly has a mid-century look to it even if it looks new. What a fine gate in the center and right images!

Wayne said...

It's a cool neon sign alright.

The title immediately reminded me of my fav. Stan Roger's song, Sailor's Rest.

Bibi said...

I like this grillwork. There's a similar but more elaborate fencein Wallingford on the Boys and Girls Club (I think that's what it is; not far from Archie McPhee's).

marthaberry said...

Sailors' Rests in England were places that provided sailors with a home away from home. It started small, with serving afternoon tea to sailors, and has grown into Royal Sailors' Rests (RSR) which is a charitable organization that provides sailors hospitality and probably other types of assistance. I guess sort of like the USO.

Colby Boles said...

My business (Tactrix) is in the building with the Sailor's Rest neon. The neon is restored from an old whorehouse in Aberdeen.