Powell's Books, 1918
Powell's leaky and sagging roof is a treasure uncovered for me. My recent "USED CAR DEPT." posting highlighted a sign painted on a ceiling beam exposed during repairs at the bookselling giant's flagship City of Books store at NW 10th and Burnside. Ongoing repairs have uncovered another beam, this one identifying the "PARTS DEPT." of the Wentworth & Irwin auto dealership that once stood here. Pick up a Somerset Maugham or a Philip Roth when you're checking out this sign between "M" and "S" in Literature.