A phalanx of Fazekas

A few more novel sightings of the work of Anton Fazekas, San Francisco’s midcentury sculptor-entrepreneur of illuminated house numbers.

Read the background in the original post. More to be found in this follow-up post, and yet more Fazekases here.

As if the classy copper metallic paint wasn't enough, this one has had its numbers replaced with real copper digits, complete with a touch of verdigris patina. Raymond Avenue.
As if the classy copper metallic paint wasn’t enough, this one has had its numbers replaced with real copper digits, complete with a touch of verdigris patina. Raymond Avenue.
I don't know if these are replica digits, or just in excellent condition, but the new screws suggest it's been revamped recently. 27th Avenue.
They might be replica digits, or just in excellent condition, but the new screws suggest it’s been revamped recently. 27th Avenue.
Don't hold back. This fully gilded, careful renovation found on Teresita Blvd.
Don’t hold back. This fully gilded, careful renovation found on Teresita Blvd.

Lipstick outside the lipline.... 20th Street.
Lipstick outside the lipline, and buried in a roughcast resurfacing. But there is a sense of emotional attachment there. 20th Street.
What's under the hood, mister? Someone has rejigged this classic unit with an extra-large bulb cover, perhaps in the days before replacements were easy to come by, or maybe to make room for more wattage. Oakdale Avenue
What’s under the hood, mister? Someone has rejigged this classic unit with an extra-large bulb cover, perhaps in the days before replacements were easy to come by, maybe to make room for more wattage. Oakdale Avenue.
Spirited color enlivens an otherwise dismally gray house. Gilman Avenue.
Spirited color enlivens an otherwise dismally gray house. Gilman Avenue.
Repainting the digits is not for the faint-of-heart; this owner has done a great job and added a nice idiosyncratic distinction. Miramar.
Repainting the digits is not for the faint-of-heart; this owner has done a great job and the result is a colorful and idiosyncratic distinction. Miramar Ave.
A beautifully embellished find. Courtesy of @VulcanStairway.
A beautifully embellished find. Courtesy of @VulcanStairway.
An example of a variation that may have once had cut-out digits and been lit from inside. Justin Drive.
An example of a Fazekas variation model that may have once had cut-out digits and been lit from inside. Justin Drive.
Another of the cut-out variety. Silliman Street.
Another of the cut-out variety. Silliman Street.
This is how it's done. Before painting, a housepainter on Monterey cut covers for each digit from blue masking tape with an Xacto.
This is how it’s done. Before painting, a housepainter on Monterey carefully cut covers for each digit from blue masking tape with an Xacto.

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