Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Milwaukee Road

Prael, Hegele Building, 1906 (Maddox Building)

This should probably be titled Maddox Transfer & Storage Inc. but I'm overloaded with warehouses already and this gives a nod to the Pearl District's roots as a railway hub as well as warehousing and storage area.

This many-layered sign spans decades; the Maddox/Milwaukee Road signs look like they may go back only to the 1970s or 1980s, and they've been cut into for window space. I've seen old photos that show this building face at various times said, "Oregon Transfer Co.," "Pihl Transfer Co.," and "Keith - Wallpaper - Keith." Still a pleasure to look at though.

See this from the corner of NW 12th and Hoyt.


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