The Car Wash (Untitled Fountain at SW 5th & Ankeny)

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2019)

We stop by a fountain known as the “car wash” on  SW 5th and Ankeny in Portland, Oregon.

Lane thinks this fountain is boring, but I like it.

It was designed by Carter, Hull, Nishita, McCulley and Baxter and installed in 1977. I can’t tell if it is nicknamed the “Car Wash” because there used to be a gas station here (presumably with a car wash) or because it provides a car wash of its own to passing motorists on windy days. It is still today and the fountain seems to be going full force, however, a wind gauge will shut it off on gusty days.

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