FOR THREE GENERATIONS THE HORAK FAMILY...

and our professional staff of experienced craftsman have been helping customers deliver their message with high-quality sign products. Using the latest technology the industry has to offer, supported by our many years of experience, we work closely with our clients to find the best solutions for their needs.Our relationship remains active long after the initial sale.

  • 1917

    Joseph G. Horak, eldest of 5 children emigrates with his family to America from Prague. During the voyage, the ship is caught in a “Nor’easter” storm.

  • 1930

    A soapbox orator working in Baltimore, Joseph finds it increasingly difficult to locate sign painters willing to paint banners to convey his socialist message. By necessity, he begins lettering his own signs and soon found himself hired to paint other signs. Northeaster is born.

  • 1936

    Scene from Waterloo Row & Calvert Streets not far from Northeaster Signs.

  • 1943

    1935 Chevy panel truck used for installations and deliveries

  • 1948

    Northeaster joins the Painters, Decorators and Paperhangers of America Union.

  • 1950

    The company moves to their new location on East Monument Street.

  • 1955

    Northeaster provided campaign signs for first time city councilman William Donald Schaefer. That relationship continued until his last election, for State Comptroller.

  • 1962

    Brothers Phil, Jr. and Chuck Horak on their first sign survey.

  • 1966

    Northeaster prints 4’x6’ halftone prints on acrylic of Brooks’ leap upon sweeping the Dodgers in the World Series to be installed for a private collector. (AP File Photo)

  • 1968

    Riots in East Baltimore. The surrounding buildings burned to the ground, but Northeaster Signs was left untouched. The company theorized that this was due to the good relationships they had formed within the neighborhood.

  • 1971

    Purchase the former Panzer Pickle factory on N. Caroline Street and relocate to Fells Point.

  • 1973

    Gentrification has yet to hit. Local bar in Fells Point sells for $15,000. In 2004, that same building came on the market for $850,000.

  • 1976

    Northeaster’s artisans donate gold leaf and their expertise on behalf of the MSA to gild the letters on the U.S.S. Constellation in preparation for the bicentennial.

  • 1978

    Northeaster relocates to our current home in the Clipper Mill Industrial Park.

  • 1980

    Harbor Place opens, revitalizing Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

  • 1981

    Northeaster works with French artist to screen process print his original designs onto large aluminum graphic panels for the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.

  • 1992

    The Baltimore Light Rail opens. Passengers on the Downtown/Hunt Valley route pass right by our entrance. Northeaster supplies and installs the cast bronze plaque at our Woodberry stop; still looking good all of these years later!

  • 1994

    Bloomberg made his first $1 million commitment to the Johns Hopkins University.

  • 2000

    Baltimore Ravens win the NFL Super Bowl

  • 2008

    For one of the few clients older than us, we screen process print framed metal plaques and banners to help Whiting-Tuner celebrate their 100th Anniversary.

  • 2010

    As R.E. Michel enters its 75th year, with over 250 branches, Northeaster continues the partnership that started at branch #1 on Greenmount Avenue.

  • 2011

    Northeaster is selected to screen print the names of 2,977 World Trade Center victims onto the glass windows of the observation deck at the Baltimore World Trade Center.

  • 2012

    After working closely with the client to arrive at a historic preservation sensitive solution, Northeaster installs prismatic face cast bronze letters on the front of Holy Rosary Church in Baltimore.

  • 2014

    Northeaster Signs continues to move forward in the sign-making industry, preserving old techniques as well as embracing new technologies.

  • "They look amazing! Thanks to you and your team for all of your hard work and support of our hands-on learning projects at the IMA."
  • "Chuck, your team did a truly terrific job (and I am very picky :) "
  • "Chuck, I wanted to let you know that the Centennial Wall looks great! We are excited to show it to the donors at tomorrow's event."
  • "It is a pleasure to work with John and Ray — they are as particular about the details as we are and so thoughtful in our space."
  • "Tell Donna hi...my Dona from Italy cried when I presented the plaques. You made many Italians happy and tearful."
  • "The display looks great! We’re really excited about it."
  • "I can't thank you enough for the banner(s)! You went above and beyond with the smaller ones ."
  • "The installation looks fabulous! Thank you so much. It has made a lot of people happy."
  • "Give me a T. Give me an H. Give me an A. Give me an N. Give me a K. Give me an S."
  • "I’ve got more work for you, and word got around to other departments when we had visitors. Great work! And you guys were awesome to work with."
  • "I've received many compliments on the large aluminum donor panels recently installed in the West Wing rotunda. I know it was a challenging installation; thank you for providing such superior service and a beautiful product."
  • "The plaque looks fantastic! So great working with you and your staff. "
  • "John did a fantastic job today on the window.  It looks really wonderful!"
  • "The signs look great and I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the rush turn on these.  As always, you go above and beyond."
  • "The work was well done. Could not think of other words to describe but only PRECISION, everyone is satisfied there. Thank you."

Our work says a lot about us
Passionate about all we do.

Interior Display Banners

Screen Process on Glass

Village of Cross Keys

Gilman School

Ardmore Apartments

Red Door Spa

Pearlstone Park

R.E. Michel

Saiontz & Kirk

Keswick

TexelTek

Wagonheim Law

BMA Donor Recognition

Alban CAT

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Whiting -Turner

Plaque Refinishing

Political Signs

Frosted Appliqué

Cast Bronze Letters

Johns Hopkins University

One Love

Original Northwood

  • "They look amazing! Thanks to you and your team for all of your hard work and support of our hands-on learning projects at the IMA."
  • "Chuck, your team did a truly terrific job (and I am very picky :) "
  • "Chuck, I wanted to let you know that the Centennial Wall looks great! We are excited to show it to the donors at tomorrow's event."
  • "It is a pleasure to work with John and Ray — they are as particular about the details as we are and so thoughtful in our space."
  • "Tell Donna hi...my Dona from Italy cried when I presented the plaques. You made many Italians happy and tearful."
  • "The display looks great! We’re really excited about it."
  • "I can't thank you enough for the banner(s)! You went above and beyond with the smaller ones ."
  • "The installation looks fabulous! Thank you so much. It has made a lot of people happy."
  • "Give me a T. Give me an H. Give me an A. Give me an N. Give me a K. Give me an S."
  • "I’ve got more work for you, and word got around to other departments when we had visitors. Great work! And you guys were awesome to work with."
  • "I've received many compliments on the large aluminum donor panels recently installed in the West Wing rotunda. I know it was a challenging installation; thank you for providing such superior service and a beautiful product."
  • "The plaque looks fantastic! So great working with you and your staff. "
  • "John did a fantastic job today on the window.  It looks really wonderful!"
  • "The signs look great and I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the rush turn on these.  As always, you go above and beyond."
  • "The work was well done. Could not think of other words to describe but only PRECISION, everyone is satisfied there. Thank you."

we provide a multitude of services.

Northeaster offers a full range of commercial signage products, specializing in in-house screen process printing; digital printing; cast plaques; and metal letters in brass, bronze, stainless steel and aluminum. We follow ADA Compliant guidelines as needed and provide a variety solutions for both interior and exterior use including:

  • architecture-iconArchitectural Systems
  • banner-iconBanners
  • building-icon Building Identification
  • campaign-iconCampaign Signs
  • decals-iconDecals, Stock and Custom
  • osha-iconOSHA Signs
  • paperbox-iconPaper Box Decals
  • parking-iconParking Signs
  • project-iconProject Signs
  • estate-iconReal Estate Signs
  • traffic-iconTraffic Signs
  • vinyl-iconVinyl Legends

  • "They look amazing! Thanks to you and your team for all of your hard work and support of our hands-on learning projects at the IMA."
  • "Chuck, your team did a truly terrific job (and I am very picky :) "
  • "Chuck, I wanted to let you know that the Centennial Wall looks great! We are excited to show it to the donors at tomorrow's event."
  • "It is a pleasure to work with John and Ray — they are as particular about the details as we are and so thoughtful in our space."
  • "Tell Donna hi...my Dona from Italy cried when I presented the plaques. You made many Italians happy and tearful."
  • "The display looks great! We’re really excited about it."
  • "I can't thank you enough for the banner(s)! You went above and beyond with the smaller ones ."
  • "The installation looks fabulous! Thank you so much. It has made a lot of people happy."
  • "Give me a T. Give me an H. Give me an A. Give me an N. Give me a K. Give me an S."
  • "I’ve got more work for you, and word got around to other departments when we had visitors. Great work! And you guys were awesome to work with."
  • "I've received many compliments on the large aluminum donor panels recently installed in the West Wing rotunda. I know it was a challenging installation; thank you for providing such superior service and a beautiful product."
  • "The plaque looks fantastic! So great working with you and your staff. "
  • "John did a fantastic job today on the window.  It looks really wonderful!"
  • "The signs look great and I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the rush turn on these.  As always, you go above and beyond."
  • "The work was well done. Could not think of other words to describe but only PRECISION, everyone is satisfied there. Thank you."

Meet The Team

  • "They look amazing! Thanks to you and your team for all of your hard work and support of our hands-on learning projects at the IMA."
  • "Chuck, your team did a truly terrific job (and I am very picky :) "
  • "Chuck, I wanted to let you know that the Centennial Wall looks great! We are excited to show it to the donors at tomorrow's event."
  • "It is a pleasure to work with John and Ray — they are as particular about the details as we are and so thoughtful in our space."
  • "Tell Donna hi...my Dona from Italy cried when I presented the plaques. You made many Italians happy and tearful."
  • "The display looks great! We’re really excited about it."
  • "I can't thank you enough for the banner(s)! You went above and beyond with the smaller ones ."
  • "The installation looks fabulous! Thank you so much. It has made a lot of people happy."
  • "Give me a T. Give me an H. Give me an A. Give me an N. Give me a K. Give me an S."
  • "I’ve got more work for you, and word got around to other departments when we had visitors. Great work! And you guys were awesome to work with."
  • "I've received many compliments on the large aluminum donor panels recently installed in the West Wing rotunda. I know it was a challenging installation; thank you for providing such superior service and a beautiful product."
  • "The plaque looks fantastic! So great working with you and your staff. "
  • "John did a fantastic job today on the window.  It looks really wonderful!"
  • "The signs look great and I THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for the rush turn on these.  As always, you go above and beyond."
  • "The work was well done. Could not think of other words to describe but only PRECISION, everyone is satisfied there. Thank you."

Blog

Porcelain Enamel

Posted in - Exterior
on August 17th, 2016 0 Comments

I helped install these letters circa 1977 when our shop was around the corner in Fells Point. They are porcelain enamel steel. I don’t believe this product is readily available these days, but this …

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WTF?

Posted in - Dedication & Interior
on May 4th, 2016 0 Comments

What the faux, that is. We had to move the 5′ diameter school seal we installed last year to make room for new stainless steel dedication letters. Upon moving there …

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Metal Finishes

Posted in - Interior & Specialty
on January 28th, 2015 0 Comments

 

A waterfront condo association was in need of new directional signs in the corridors but wanted to match the new sconces. No problem. They sent one over and were able to match the alloy and …

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The Eye of the Beholder

Posted in - Specialty
on January 28th, 2015 0 Comments

 

While surveying with a client in South Baltimore last week I had to take a shot of these doors. They will be gone forever soon for redevelopment, but will live on in my image collection.

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