San Antonio’s Crockett Hotel’s neon sign could receive energy-friendly change

The Crockett Hotel

The Crockett Hotel

Billy Calzada, Staff / Staff photographer

A local sign company is seeking approval to make a major change to one of downtown San Antonio’s historic neon signs sitting atop an old hotel that could go unnoticed. Comet Signs submitted plans to swap out the iconic green neon tubes of the Crockett Hotel sign atop the seven-story building at 320 Bonham, San Antonio, TX 78205, with LED strips, according to documents filed with the Historic and Design Review Commission. 

The agenda documents also call for the sign to be temporarily removed and sent to the Comet Signs shop so it can clean and repaint the metal lettering that will house the neon green LED strips. Comet Signs says the green strips will not “interrupt” the original look of the green neon tubes. LED lighting is energy-efficient, according to the Comet Signs website, which specializes in LED retrofitting of old signs. 

The Crockett Hotel struggled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, like many hotels during precautionary shutdowns, and in April 2020 the hotel furloughed all of its staff and temporarily closed its doors. 

The hotel eventually opened its doors in 2021. The 138-room Crockett Hotel was built in 1909 and then received additions in 1927. It has since passed through numerous owners but still operates as a hotel to this day. In June, an Alamo-themed bar called the Crockett Tavern opened up on the ground level of the hotel. 

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