Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Ship Shaped Car WashA car wash named "Ship Shape" is literally in a ship shape. A cartoon ship, though -- not seaworthy.
- 1241 W. Clairemont Ave., Eau Claire, WI
- Just south of the Chippewa River on US 12/W. Clairemont Ave.
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Last summer, while poking around Wisconsin looking for interesting things to photograph, I came across this architectural gem on the outskirts of Eau Claire. In this case a photo pretty much says all that really needs to be said... Go here and your car will be "ship shape" when you leave. Needless to say, with a name like "Ship Shape," a building shaped like a ship could be the only logical design choice. It seems somewhat ironic that this thing has better lines than a modern cruise ship, most of which seem to have used a shoebox for styling inspiration. Car washes are supposed to be boxy, ships are supposed to look like, well, ships.[Richard Weiss, 02/17/2005]