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© MUNSTRE by Chris Elsasser // 2019

For anyone not in/from Philadelphia this image may need a bit of explanation:

The National building was a beautiful orange-tiled facade in Old City for the National Products restaurant supply company which closed in the late 90s. The building itself, which was on the list of historic sites in Philadelphia, was unceremoniously demolished in early 2016. It seems that despite original efforts to preserve & restore that historic facade, and use it for the condos going in at that location, they were unable to find a way to keep the Art Deco storefront.

It doesn't have to be entirely forgotten though! As a Philly transplant I was always drawn to this building, and took many photos of the location before it was demolished. I was able to compile these photos into a new light piece that highlights the simplicity of the original design, with accented textured orange tiles and a more focused outline of the unique lettering. 

This lightbox is handmade in a textured distressed white wooden enclosure measuring 12" x 4.7" . I use premium Ultrachrome inks, which are printed to a special acetate film, this protects the inks from any type of color fading from the lightsource. The bulb is center mounted to accent the flow of light conveyed by the design, and the artwork is protected by crystal clear glass, with exposed whitecapped screws. 

 

ALL Munstre lightboxes come with a warm lumen LED lightbulb installed, and include an on/off switch on the cord.

The National facade - Philadelphia Art Deco building

$100.00Price
    • 12" w x 4.8" tall
    • Distressed White painted enclosure
    • Whitecapped screw-front design
    • On/Off switch mounted on cord