Topic of the Month: Construction Projects ft. Troy Block

“Embrace the old, invent the new.”


The original Troy building in South Lake Union, designed in 1927 by architect Victor W. Voorhees, was home to a wide range of businesses, most memorably the Troy Laundry Company. The developers of Troy Block Seattle are keeping the original look alive by incorporating most of the brickwork and terra cotta details from the initial building’s design.

Western Neon was chosen by Doty & Associates to refurbish the 75 sq ft. sign. While preserving the characteristics of the old sign, Western Neon removed loose paint, properly cleaned the surface, remade the neon, repaired the mounting, refurbished the electrical wiring, and added a clear coat. In order to mount the approximately 16’x5′ sign, 4 stainless steel aircraft cables were used at a 50.7 degree angle and 974 lbs of tension!

The new Troy Block Seattle has 50% more square footage per floor than any other building in South Lake Union. The two Troy Block buildings, the North and South Tower, will include 5k sq. ft. of retail space, a 5k sq. ft. conference room, a high-end fitness center, and an upper story deck. This two-phase construction project was developed by Touchstone with the help of USAA Real Estate, Colliers International, Perkins+Will, and Lease Crutcher Lewis.

As a Seattle-based company with 30 years history in the community, Western Neon loves any chance to help sustain Seattle’s many stories through signage and artwork.​​​​​