A beautiful revival-style adobe structure, the Eisendrath House was built in Tempe in 1930 by Chicagoan Rose Eisendrath following a design by famed Arizona architect Robert Thomas Evans.
Seeking to celebrate the region’s rich Pueblo architectural heritage, the Rio Salado Foundation began restoring the property in 2010 for use as a water conservation center. Upon completion in late 2015, it would house the City of Tempe’s Water Conservation Department as well as the Foundation’s office. The home would also serve as a special event venue and visitor center, with tours led by the Tempe Historic Preservation Foundation.
But outdoor signage was needed to identify the newly restored property and alert visitors to its new functions. Of course, signage in a contemporary design would not be in keeping with the character of the historic home.
Offered a chance to bid on the project in early 2015, Image360 – Scottsdale submitted the winning proposal for the site’s signage. The client envisioned a monument sign that replicated the adobe construction of the Eisendrath House as well as a building-side sign. They also wanted a directional sign that would guide visitors to the center.
Image360 – Scottsdale’s idea for creating a long-lasting signage solution with a historical appearance? COR-TEN® “weathering” steel. Specially composed of various alloys, the steel forms an outer layer of rust to create a highly durable protective coating.
Of course, the rusty finish and deep-brown color would be a perfect complement to the historic adobe home. As a bonus, the weathering steel regenerates continuously when subjected to the elements and never needs painting or refinishing.
Image360 – Scottsdale designed, fabricated and installed the three signs well ahead of schedule for the Eisendrath Center for Water Conservation’s Grand Opening in the fall of 2015.
The signage provider’s competitive bid, innovative solution and full-service approach did not go unnoticed. Since then, Image360 – Scottsdale has gained referrals from the client resulting in commissions for two additional monument signs in the style of the one created for the Eisendrath Center. They are now gracing the grounds of the Tempe Women’s Club Park and the city’s Arizona Historical Society location.