Thursday, July 16, 2009

Powell's Update

Powell's Books, 1918

After some damage repair to the roof at Powell's City of Books exposed some old signs on a couple roof beams (noted here and here), they've finally completed work. Fortunately, they've left the signs, dating to when this housed a car dealership, intact. The "Parts Dept." sign even has a nifty little finger pointing downward.

Powell's City of Books is at NW 10th and Burnside. The beams are in the Blue Room and if you stand on the stairs between the Blue and Yellow Rooms you can see both signs.



Mike said...

Powell's building was a Nash dealership, Wentworth & Irwin. Those signs are treasures, thanks for showing us.

dotdotdot said...

I don't know if it counts as advertising, but there's some similar beam writing in the general interest Powell's store on Hawthorne. Back in the Madison room, if you go to the very back, turn to the front, and look up at the rafters, there's a No Smoking admonishment writ large.

Bill said...

This building was at one time the "Rose City Chrysler/Plymouth" dealership.