It turns out that an erection permit had been duly obtained, but it seems that code enforcement officer Craig Haigh believed, because it was the same type of sign that had been there before, a certificate of appropriateness was not required. It was, after all, replacing like with like. Unfortunately, that rule doesn't really apply in the case of signs. Fortunately, the Berkshire Bank sign is less garish than the Bank of America sign that was there before, but historic preservation isn't supposed to be about taste. At what point, one wonders though, was the great window over the entrance eliminated so that an illuminated sign could be mounted in that space?
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