Coca-Cola ad restoration brings new life to old building


LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The restoration of an early 20th century Coca-Cola ad on Ninth Street in Lafayette is nearly complete.

The ad is being painted on the side of the building at 721 Ninth St. The building is owned by St. James Lutheran Church.

A parishioner at the church wanted to return the ad to what it looked like in the 1920s. The parishioner hired Pyramid Sign & Design co-owner Brian Roark to paint the ad.

Roark said the feedback has been positive.

“All the people stopping by, friends and just people out-of-the-blue say ‘That’s really cool!’ And that gives me a lot of pride,” Roark said. “So yeah, it’s been really fun.”

Roark said the motivation is to brighten the community.

“The gentleman who is paying for it is big into Lafayette nostalgia and history, and he just wanted to do something that would leave a legacy for him, I think, and for the community,” said Roark.

He has put in more than 100 hours of work on the project, and Roark said he should be finished painting on Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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