TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Since the well-known South End Tavern closed two years ago, the community was very upset, but the restaurant and bar is still making a name for itself through its iconic signs.
The South End Tavern was declared a historic site by the Troy City Council. After it closed, its signs were originally up for auction, but now they can be found at the Rensselaer County Historical Society.
“They’re actually in pretty good shape,” curator Stacy Draper said.
The signs were on the verge of being brought out of their hometown, but the historical society wouldn’t let that happen. The signs are artifacts worth thousands of dollars.
“I know that our registrar and city and county historian Kathy Sheehan was driving by a week or so ago and noticed that there was an auction that was going on,” Draper said. “She stopped and found out that the signs were up for sale.”
But the signs weren’t going to be easily handed over. The historical society raised more than $3,000 to buy them.
“We’ve started a GoFundMe site to raise money to purchase the signs,” Draper said.
The signs went through three generations of families from 1934 to 2013. In the early 1930s, the “Ladies Entrance” sign separated the restaurant and bar as women going into a bar was not common.
“The ladies entrance was where women could go and men as well, of course, that would lead you right into the dining room section.”
It’s currently unknown if the neon lights still work, but a big repair is in the works to keep them in mint condition.
The South End Tavern is currently boarded up and is for sale.