The famous bubble gum pink and neon Elephant Car Wash sign could become a permanent fixture in downtown Seattle.
On July 6, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Board will consider the sign for landmark status.
When the Elephant Car Wash on Battery Street near Denny Way closed in 2020, community members, the Museum of History & Industry and developers weighed in on what to do with two iconic signs originally installed in 1956.
The car wash’s larger sign was donated to MOHAI, against the wishes of a neighborhood preservationist group, and the smaller sign, now being considered for landmark status, was donated to Amazon.
The sign is undergoing restoration in a South Seattle studio, according to the application for landmark designation. The proposed plan calls for the sign to be placed in an open plaza near the northeast corner of 7th Avenue and Blanchard Street with a plaque marking it