Marlborough Hotel Logo (old)



This logo designed for Winnipeg’s historic Marborough Hotel, was clearly inspired by the hotel’s elaborate Late Gothic Revival style architecture. In fact, when I found it in a book recently, I was sure that I recognized it from walking by the hotel day after day. However, after a little research it’s obvious that this is no longer in use and hasn’t been for some time. If anyone has more info on when this was used and how, we’d love to hear from you.

The design itself is beautiful and though you don’t see many logos like this anymore, as a graphic it feels remarkably current. At first glance, the complex scroll work appears symmetrical, but closer inspection reveals a subtle asymmetry that gives the design a lively feeling.

Source: Yasaburo Kuwayama, Trade Marks & Symbols – Volume 1: Alphabetical Designs (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1973)

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