Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Roy Burnett Motors

Artisan Building, 1908

The building at NW 8th and Everett hosting the Roy Burnett Motors sign apparently began as a warehouse. Roy Burnett ran a Chrysler-Imperial dealership there in the 1960s; how much earlier and how much later I've not been able to determine.

By the 1980s the building housed a used auto parts company, John's Import Auto Wrecking as I recall. I remember going there myself a number of times; you could wander through six floors of junked cars and car parts. I vaguely remember being saddened when they moved out of the building to the suburbs.

By the mid-1990s or so, the building had its top chopped off, along with a few feet of the signs on the north- and east-facing sides. Five more floors of condos were added as the whole building was transformed into the North Park Lofts.

Apparently Roy Burnett owned the Desoto-Plymouth dealership two blocks south at NW Broadway and Couch in the 1940s.

You can best view these signs at NW Flanders at Broadway or 8th in the Park Blocks.



JustAnotherPrettyFace said...

Very nice building that is solid and very well insulated The exterior presents a modern facade while the interior has clean lines and an fashionable, lofty feel. Nicely done with exposed pipes, duct work and earthquake struts.

Steve Barnet said...

My grandfather worked for Roy Burnett Chrysler Plymouth his entire career. We had many fun classic cars in our family including a few Hemi's.
I miss those days.
Grandpa is Warren Oliver

ronnie kuhl said...

Hey there Steve Barnet, I just happen to own a 67 Plymouth that was originally sold a Roy Burnett Motors in 1967. I have been looking for a Dealer name plate for that dealership for quite a while. Do you have any ideas where a guy might be able to find one?
Thanks, Ronnie Kuhl.
My email address is

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