Portland Seed Co. Building, 1912
The "Portland Seed Co." signs across the west and east faces of this building were long ago covered by a not-well-matched-to-the-brick paint job. Fortunately, enough of the old signs show through that we can still make them out. These old signs do not date to the building's origins however. I've seen a 1929 photo that shows signs painted between the 2nd and 3rd floors. What we see now was painted sometime after 1929. The low building to the east, now covered with metal siding, once sported some nifty old "Portland Seed Co." signs too. One hopes they are still there underneath that cladding.
Check this out on SE Alder between 2nd and the train tracks.
2007 (looking west):
2009 (looking east):