The Entrance Panel

In 1982, ChaseDesign was expanding. The front entrance on East Genesee Street was moving to the side of the building and ChaseDesign was getting a new face. But what kind of face? Founder and president David Chase wanted the building to say “Design happens here.” He wanted a window that showed neighbors, commuters and travelers what happened inside.

The first panel went up in January of 1983 and since that time hundreds of large-scale design projects have been created around the themes of holidays, seasons and life in the Finger Lakes region.

For almost 20 years, the panels were hand-painted. Around the year 2000, as technology evolved, designers began printing the panels. Today, the entrance panel is a community institution, regularly discussed and critiqued, which continues to tell people that “Design happens here.”

Here are some favorites from the past 30 years:

 

In 1984, Christmas went "out of the box," followed by New Year's.

 

Cupid's arrow flew through the glass.

We lit the fuse on the Fourth...

... threw the first snowball...

... did a blueprint for Mr. Snowman...

... baked a Thanksgiving favorite...

... and gave the ChaseDesign Polar Bear team the perfect icy frame for its portrait.