10 Carden to launch crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for sign’s restoration
Guelph ON –Since first announcing 10 Carden’s move to the Acker’s Building in the spring, many have asked about what is to become of the iconic Acker’s sign. In order to preserve the building’s storied history, 10 Carden is committed to restoring the large Acker’s Furniture sign on Carden Street as well as the smaller Acker’s sign on Macdonell.
However, as work on the building progresses this summer, it is necessary to remove the local landmark signs from the building at 42 Carden Street to allow for continued renovations to the facade, including new windows, repairs to the existing structure, and accessible entrances on both sides of this future community hub.
Signs Galore in Breslau will oversee both the removal, storage and restoration of the signs. Rest assured, the Acker’s name will remain on the sign after the retrofitting is complete, with the addition of a new ‘10C creating space for change’ component to be added that will perch on the large sign when it is reinstalled on Carden Street. 10 Carden will work with the City of Guelph to ensure that all conditions are met for the safe re-installation of the signs.
“10C is honoured to be the steward of this building, including the signs. Restoration of these iconic neon signs will permanently recognize the Acker’s family and their long history in our community. We hope to also shine a light on our downtown as one of Canada’s most interesting mid-sized cities – one which finds unique and creative ways to merge old with new,” states Julia Grady, 10 Carden co-founder.
An online crowdfunding campaign will be launched this fall to help raise funds for the restoration of the sign. More details are to be released in the coming weeks via 10 Carden’s social media outlets.
Incorporated as a not-for-profit, 10 Carden is Guelph’s ‘community hub’ offering local not-for-profit groups, socially-focused businesses and individuals affordable and accessible space. 10 Carden’s creating space for change model includes shared office/meeting space/event space/collaboration centre and offers individuals, professionals and researchers working within Guelph a place to gather/work and exchange ideas.
For more information about 10 Carden and the expansion project, including the Community Bond campaign, which has already secured over $650,000 in local financing, visit www.10carden.ca.