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Oregon Car Showrooms & Dealerships

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former DeSoto Building
Portland, OR
The DeSoto Building was built in 1916. The building was renovated in 2006. It now houses art galleries. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Breslin & Wallace Buick
Portland, OR

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Breslin & Wallace Buick was established downtown as the George B. Wallace Company. Wallace Buick moved to this building on Sandy Blvd. in 1949. By 2014, the Buick sign had been covered up with a vinyl sign advertising for the new business name, Breslin-Timberline Tire Factory. The back of the building was still in use as the Breslin & Wallace Service Center. [map]

Powder River Motors
Baker City, OR
Powder River Motors occupies an Art Deco looking showroom. These photos are from 2008. The business is now known as Gentry Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. [map]

Balsinger Ford [gone]
Klamath Falls, OR
The Balsinger Ford showroom was built in 1929. The building was restored in 2007 and became known as the Egyptian Event Center. Before that, the building had been used as an office for Cell-Tech, a holiday donation center for the Salvation Army, and a warehouse. There was a roof collapse in 2007 from heavy snow but it was confined to the back part of the building. The building remained vacant until it was demolished in 2016. For more, see this website.

Gilbert Chevrolet
Milton-Freewater, OR
I believe Gilbert Chevrolet moved into this building in the late 1970s. Does anyone know what dealership was here originally? The building appears to be late 1940s or early 1950s. These photos are from 2008. By 2012, the business was gone and the building was vacant. The Chevrolet letters had been removed. [map]

former Leever Motor Co.
Medford, OR
The Leever Motor Co. building was built in 1947. The company sold Willys and Packards here until 1954 when it became a Dodge dealership. The building is often referred to as the Monarch Building. In the 1970s, the building housed the Monarch Seed & Feed store. In the early 1980s, Lithia Motors bought the building and remodeled it. In 2013, Lithia returned the building to its Streamline Moderne appearance. In 2015, a brewpub is expected to open in the building. For more, see this website. [map]

Chevrolet
Roseburg, OR

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This Chevrolet showroom looks like it was built in the 1950s. I believe this building housed Clint Newell Chevrolet which moved up the street. By 2012, the neon sign had been removed and a vintage electronics store had moved in. The building was vacant in 2015. [map]

Bruce Chevrolet
Hillsboro, OR

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The Bruce Chevrolet showroom and sign were built for Hamby Motors in 1967. The top part of this sign revolves. In 2012, the sign was repainted and the building was remodeled. There have been many historic losses in recent years from Chevrolet dealership buildings suffering the same fate in the name of consistent, corporate branding. [map]

Wentworth Chevytown
Portland, OR
Wentworth Chevytown's history can be traced back to 1903 when the company sold horse-drawn carriages. In 2013, most of these signs were removed. The tower sign's "Chevrolet" piece revolved. That sign and the scaffold sign are gone now. The "OK" and Chevytown signs are still there. [map]

former Griffith Motors
The Dalles, OR

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The former Griffith Motors used car lot features a 1950s looking office and neon signs. By 2012, Griffith Motors had moved but these signs remained. The property is now serving as another used car lot. The name "Griffith" has been removed from the sign. For more, see this website. [map]

former Lew Williams Chevrolet
Eugene, OR
The Lew Williams Chevrolet dealership was designed by Balzhiser, Seder & Rhodes and opened in 1960. The dealership became Romania Chevrolet in 1969. Since 2005, the property has been owned by the University of Oregon. For more, see this website. [map]

Sheppard Motors
Eugene, OR
The Sheppard Motors building was built in 1960. Sheppard moved here around 1988. I believe the building previously housed Emerald Chrysler and Barker Motors. [map]

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