Awnings are remarkable building features that have changed little over the course of history.
Today, awnings come in a variety of shapes, sizes, frames and fabrics. Fixed, quarter-round, back-lit awnings with broad faces featuring company names, logos, phone numbers, and street addresses function more as signs than sunshades. Restaurants and other commercial chains use illuminated awnings with nationally recognized brand graphics and stripe and color patterns to attract customers along suburban strips. The triangular shed frame shape has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity in recent years, in many cases playing off nostalgia for the traditional awning.