I feel like I am getting some conflicting feedback. I believe the first versions were perceived as too modern, so we started going more for the "historical" look.
So in hopes of determining what you dislike about where we are now I put this together below. I basically show one of the first versions, then take the current version and start to strip away element that make it non-modern.
The last one (7) shows the current version with a drop shadow treatment which in its own way gives a modern feel.