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Eau Claire, Wisconsin: Ship Shaped Car Wash (Gone)

Car wash named "Ship Shape" was literally in a ship shape. A cartoon ship, though -- not seaworthy. Tragically converted to a unadorned car wash.

Just south of the Chippewa River on US 12/W. Clairemont Ave.
2015: Converted to a really dull regular car wash.

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Ship Shaped Car Wash

The Ship Shaped Car Wash is no longer ship shaped.

[Julie Geyer, 10/19/2015]

That's one way to get removed from everyone's travel plans...

Ship Shape Car Wash.

Ship Shaped Car Wash

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]

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