Presently, Downtown Stoughton business owners utilize a variety of signs:
•Signboards hanging over the sidewalk, perpendicular to the building facade;
•Signs as a part of awnings;
•Flush signs applied to the building facade, whether illuminated or not;
•Objects as signs;
•Freestanding “sandwich board” signs, placed on the sidewalk and taken in at night.
It is important in Historic Downtown Stoughton that signs retain the pedestrian scale that most of them possess today. Signs should be placed in locations that have historic precedents, such as in the lintel crossing the top of the storefront, or on the edge or “flap” of an awning. Perhaps an object can serve as the sign. Consider researching historic photographs that show what signs were like in Stoughton’s past.
Consider the impact the sign will have on the building: will it dominate the facade or hide existing architectural features? Every effort should be made to ensure that signs complement, rather than obscure, the details and design of the building.