Landmark status sought for iconic Elephant Car Wash sign

The sign, which is currently being restored, will be reinstalled “at a dedicated location in close proximity to the original location.”

SEATTLE — Amazon is requesting landmark status for the iconic Elephant Car Wash sign, which was donated to the company in 2020 after it was removed from its original location on Denny Way.

The sign, which is currently undergoing restoration, will be reinstalled “at an associated site in close proximity to the original site,” according to a Landmarks Preservation Board report.

The sign is one of two removed from the former site of the Elephant Car Wash off Denny Way. The other, considered the more iconic of the two, has been moved to the Museum of History and Industry.

In October 2020, Elephant Car Wash announced its closure, citing rising crime, drug activity, homelessness and the rising cost of doing business in Seattle.

In a statement, the company said: “We have found that even if it is, it is impossible for a small, minimum wage based company like ours to operate successfully in Seattle [has] exists since 1956.”

“We thank the people of Seattle for embracing Elephant Super Car Wash – it has truly been an honor to have been a part of Seattle’s history for over 60 years,” the statement said.

Before the signs were removed, Friends of Historic Belltown asked Seattle to determine if at least one of the signs, which had been in place for more than 60 years, could remain in their original location and requested landmark status.

Since then, a company has proposed constructing a 45-story building on the currently desolate concrete slab just blocks from the Space Needle.

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