The restored sign for Candoro Marble now stands proudly in front of The Candoro Marble Building. It is a replica of the one that served The Candoro Marble Company for many years. This new sign replaces the one that was damaged by a car. Oversight of the sign details and installation was the final project of Charles Richmond, much beloved president of the board of Candoro Arts & Heritage Center. His lifelong passion was restoring historic homes, churches, and other structures in Knoxville.
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THE SIGN RESTORATION PROCESS: Grant Helps With Sign Restoration Thanks to a $1,600 grant from Knox Heritage “Save Our Signs,” Candoro Arts & Heritage Center can restore the marble sign that once stood in front of the building. “Save Our Signs” is a special program of Knox Heritage, a preservation group in Knoxville, Tennessee. Their “Save Our Signs” program was created in 2010 to help restore historic signs with community or cultural significance.“This is great opportunity to get the Candoro name out on the street,” said Charlie Richmond, president of the boardof Candoro Arts and Heritage Center. He explains, “10 years ago, the sign identifying the Candoro Marble Co. shattered into pieces when a car struck it. Candoro volunteers saved the remaining chunks of marble from the sign, and the pieces have been stored in the basement.”
With the help of these new funds, the sign will be recreated and replaced. The building is on the National Register of Historic places, and the sign will reflect the purpose of Candoro Marble…to serve as a cornerstone of the Vestal community.
photo by J. Miles Cary of Knoxville News Sentinel