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Neon Survey
Happi Inn

Description of sign(s)

1. Name: Happi Inn

2. Owner: {owner}

3. Address: 3939 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 736-8031

3b. Additional Site Details: The Happi Inn resides on the corner of Mandalay and Las Vegas Blvd, stretching east, ending at Gilles street. The property is the largest of the small roadside sites. The signage, however, is limited. Three pole signs and an internally lit cabinet comprise total signage. The two pole signs, being the tallest, reside on the north end of the property while a small vertical pole sign resides on the top of the building's roofline. The small internally lit cabinet sits over the drive, next to the main office.

4. Condition: Structure 3 Surface 4 Lighting 3

Notes: The structure of all the signs appear to be intact, with no visible, severe damage. Various lighting is out an all the signs, with the small roof line pole sign, no longer being lit. The internally lit cabinets on the sign within the pole sign furthest east, are no longer lit as well. The surfaces of the sign are intact, but are worn.

5. Form: plyon, fasica

6. Specfic Description: Two pole style pylons, reside on the north end of the property. On the rear of the property on the corner of Mandalay Bay and Gilles Street, is a simple design. A single white, steel pole, supports three, two- sided cabinets stacked on top of each other to create the shape. A small white, horizontal, rectangular, cabinet, has a white face with "Office" painted in red text, and a red arrow pointing to the west. It sits slightly off center the center pole. A tall, thin, vertical, rectangular cabinet, is painted orange, and has the world "Motel," spelled in all capital, white neon letters. Centered on top of this cabinet, another internally lit cabinet, white cabinet, crowns the sign. The cabinet has a green face with white text spelling "Happi Inn" in all capital letters. The main pole sign for the property is similar to the previous piece, but a bit more elaborate. As the white pole rises up from the ground it is met with a pair of black, cabinets, sandwiching the north and south sides of the pole. The sign itself faces north south. The cabinets are white faced with text painted upon the surface. Above the two cabinets, a double-backed cabinet is crafted into an "L" shape, facing north, and facing south it would be a "J" shape. Either way it is a horizontal cabinet, which makes a horizontal turn to the east. The foot of the character curves down to a point, while the vertical section, runs up the west side of the white pole, which continues upward. The vertical surface contains the text "Motel" that is written horizontally downward in all capital, white, painted text. The graphic text is shadowed over with neon tubing. The horizontal section has the words "vacancy" written in white all capital text, with red neon lying over the surface. The top of the sign is crowned with a double backed, six sided, geometric cabinet. The surface is green written in capital, white text, with the word "Happi" written in an arched pattern, with "Inn" written horizontally below that. Over the entrance to the driveway, stretching into the east-end of the lot, is a small, internally lit cabinet, with rounded ends. The face of sign is green plastic with "Happi Inn" written in all capitals, in a two lined text. White, scroll-type designs, flank, both sides of the text. Just past the Psychic Sessions, palmistry establishment, actually standing on the corner of the building, a vertical pole sign, rises in the sky. I single red pole shoots upward a short distance, with five double-backed square cabinets being speared through the center. Each cabinet, also red, contains 1 letter from the word "Motel, in all capitals." The letters are overlaid with neon as well/ Pointing down toward the property, an angled arrow, crafted in the same fashion and material as the cabinet, is positioned just below the east side of the cabinet containing the letter "E."

7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit

8. Media: steel, plastic

9. Non-neon treatments: paint

10. Animation: chasing

Notes: The incandescent bulbs which form the border of the green internally lit cabinet, found on the western face of the main office chase each other from left to right.

11. Environment: The Happi Inn is part of the distinctive section of the Strip comprised of older roadside motels, met with a few of the larger resort casinos. Facing west on the corner of Las Vegas Blvd and Mandalay Rd., the property resides in the shadow of Luxor. To the north, vacant land reaches until ended by the Tropicana property.

Artistic Context

1. Manufacturer: unkn

2. Designer: unkn

3. Date of Installation: unkn

4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a

5. Thematic Influence: There appears to be no apparent theme associated with the Happi Inn other than the fact that it belongs to the style and genre of the roadside motel design seen throughout the southern end of the strip.

6. Artistic Significance: n/a

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