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While the pool, which once sat in the center of the courtyard of Mesa’s Starlite Motel, has long since been filled in, the Diving Lady will again plunge from her perch on Main Street this coming Tuesday.
For more than two years, an iconic neon sign has been missing in action, so to speak.
Before interstate freeways and TripAdvisor.com, Mesa's Main Street glistened with neon to lure weary travelers to motels.
The Starlite Motel sign as it looked in August 2012 located on Main Street between Gilbert Road and Lindsay Road in Mesa, Arizona. The famous "Diving Lady" was located on the black motel sign until a storm in October 2010 brought the whole sign crashing down.
Summer already is a month old, and one of Mesa’s leading ladies has not been able to take a dip into the pool, much less do what she’s best known for — take a dive.
Where is The Diving Lady of the Starlite Motel? And when will she return to the springboard?
New York-based artist Mary Anne Erickson who is known for her renderings of Americana and vanishing roadside culture, is helping to raise funds for the restoration of Mesa’s iconic Diving Lady neon sign at the Starlite Motel. Erickson is selling 50 limited edition prints of the diving lady she painted in 2007 and donating $100 from the sales to the Mesa Preservation foundation which needs $25,000 to place the restored sign back in place. (Photo courtesy Mary Anne Erickson)
Mesa is trying to shine a brighter light on historic preservation after the recession forced the city to scale back its efforts to recognize people who've saved elements of the community's past.
The rededication of an East Valley icon is expected to happen in less than a month.
The Starlite Motel in Mesa, shown Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.[Tim Hacker/ Tribune]
(Left) The Starlite Motel in Mesa, shown Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. (Right) The Starlite during the renovation of the "Diving Lady" and "M-O-T-E-L" sign.
The foundation for Mesa’s iconic Diving Lady neon sign soon will be in place to help solidify her stance on the springboard once again.
Lovers of nostalgia and neon signs will have to wait a little while longer before they can see one of Mesa's landmarks re-dedicated in the same spot where she posed for 50 years.
You have the chance to dine with Mesa's iconic neon sign, the Diving Lady. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Fiesta Mall parking lot, there will be a fundraiser catered by Waldo's Barbecue with proceeds going toward the sign's restoration costs. And, you'll be able to see the repaired sign in the former Victoria's Secret lingerie store on the mall's second floor.
The space that once housed the Victoria’s Secret lingerie store inside Mesa’s Fiesta Mall soon will have a famous figure modeling her old one-piece bathing suit on a new svelte and lighter body.
Larry Graham, owner of Graham’s Neon and Electric Sign Specialists in Mesa, looks over the third portion of the iconic Diving Lady neon sign from the Starlite Motel he has been restoring for the Mesa Preservation Foundation. This section of the Diving Lady soon will be on display at the former Victoria’s Secret lingerie store space at Fiesta Mall for a fundraiser on Sept. 13, 2011.
Two down, and one more to go before all three diving lady portions of Mesa’s iconic neon sign are restored.
Larry Graham, owner of Graham’s Neon Sign Specialists in Mesa, looks over a recently restored portion of the iconic Diving Lady sign that is on track to be rededicated in front of the Starlite Motel in east Mesa after it was heavily damaged after a fall during a thunderstorm in October.
The Society for Commercial Archeology has named two Mesa sites to its 10 most endangered roadside places list. The Buckhorn Baths came in fourth on the list and The Diving Lady came in fifth.
FILE PHOTO - Part of the Starlite Motel's Diving Lady sign was on display at Mesa's Fiesta Mall.
The table is set for one landmark in the city to help another one.