On The Alameda

The Alameda in San Jose is a treasure trove of vintage signs. Like this Towne Theater, a 1920’s era theater which now shows only Indian movies


Right by the theater is the Hester Tunnel , an underground walking tunnel, also from the 1920s. The tunnel was recently cleaned up and revived by a father-daughter team. Here, the entrance to the tunnel is all decked up for the Fourth of July.

And this is the Flamingo Motel in the daytime, with it’s pink flamingo neon sign. I need to go back and sketch that flamingo sign in the night when it really stands out in neon pink.


About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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3 Responses to On The Alameda

  1. I enjoy studying your sketches. The last one I am guessing you went in with paint first before the ink?


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