What removal of the historic sign in downtown Fresno? Why there was a lot of issues

It appears the historic G sign atop the building in downtown Fresno didn’t want to come down on Saturday.

The Guarantee Savings sign wasn’t removed from its spot atop the State Center Community College District offices on Fulton and Fresno Streets.

Onlookers, arriving at 8:30 a.m. and stayed into the afternoon, were watching workers attempting to remove the sign but to no avail.

“Today we learned that the G atop our building stood for grit,” SCCCD public information officer Jill Wagner wrote. “Despite repeated efforts, contractors were unable to remove it from the roof. The sign weighed more than initial estimates (4,500-6,500 pounds), tipping the scales at 11,000+ pounds. After the crane was adjusted to accommodate the weight, there was some element in the post’s infrastructure that prevented it from being safely lifted from the post, despite numerous attempts. Contractors will be doing further in-depth investigation to see where the sign is getting stuck, and come up with remedies so it can be removed at a later date.”

It’s unclear when that date will be, but once the G sign is removed, it will be relocated to the Fresno Fairgrounds and part of the permanent collection of vintage signs there.

Workers attach crane cables to the G sign on top of the Guaratee Bank building, owned by the State Center Community College District, before attempting to lift it off its supports in downtown Fresno on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. The operation was halted due to issues with removing the 60-year-old sign from its supports and will be attempted again in a few weeks, SCCC officials said. CRAIG KOHLRUSS/ckohlruss@fresnobee.com
Interested onlookers watch as workers attach crane cables to the G sign on top of the Guaratee Bank building, owned by the State Center Community College District, before attempting to lift it off its supports in downtown Fresno on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024. The operation was halted due to issues with removing the 60-year-old sign from its supports and will be attempted again in a few weeks, SCCC officials said. CRAIG KOHLRUSS/ckohlruss@fresnobee.com