Roguemont is a type family originally drawn from gilded lettering on the Rougemont Heritage House in the West End of Vancouver, BC. It has seven styles and a consistent width for glyphs across weights.

While this typeface isn’t monospaced—different glyphs are different widths is mono-width per glyph, so even as weights change, the width of the text will remain the same.

This quality makes it especially suited to display settings where emphasis needs to be changed over time. Phrases can be switched to different styles—from thin to heavy and back again—without re-flowing headings.

Alternate numeral styles are included, so proportionally spaced numbers can be used in text settings, and monospaced, tabular numerals where information needs to be stacked.

The Rougemont

Details on the Rougemont building have been challenging to find:

This 1911 bay-windowed Edwardian apartment block, designed by architect EE Blackmore, is not listed on the Register.

—Penny Street, Heritage Vancouver Newsletter

Apparently, despite being classified as a Heritage building, it was left out of the surveys. I’ve only found praise for the state of the building, but no details on who the lettering artist was.

The gilded sign on the Rougemont heritage building.
Close-ups. At least—as close as I could get for now without taking a ladder.

Additional concepts

While sketching for this initial version of the typeface, I explored a number of different directions for the glpyhs that weren’t in the original Rougemont lettering:

Sketches for the _B_, _S_, and _A_.

I also experimented with an inline and fill style of the typeface. These are only early concepts, but show how multiple versions of the typeface could work together either layered or as a colour font:

An early “in progress” concept of the inline style, before the _P_ had actually been designed. The textured fill style would reference the original gilded letters.
Simple examples of how the fill and inline styles could be used together.
An illustration of how the different styles would be layered.

This project was guided by Ross Milne. I currently have no plans to release this typeface, if you’re interested in changing that, or using it in some capacity, send me an email.