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VLR Listing Date 06/17/1992
NRHP Listing Date 10/29/1992
NRHP Reference Number 92001370
The prefabricated diner is a uniquely American form of roadside architecture. Taking its name from U.S. Highway 29, the city of Fairfax’s 29 Diner is a rare example of the once-numerous streamlined Moderne diners that operated across the United States. Built by the Mountain View Diner Company of Singac, New Jersey, the shiny, eye-catching establishment was installed on its site in July 1947. From the mid-1930s through the 1950s, the diner emerged as the ubiquitous roadside eatery, offering a comfortable atmosphere and quickly prepared home-style cooking to a new “car-mobile” society. Machine-age materials such as shining stainless steel and ceramic tile conveyed the image of cleanliness and efficiency. The beauty of machine-age precision is expressed in the sleek, rounded glass-brick corners, colored neon tubes, porcelain enamel panels, Formica, and brightly colored tile. The 29 Diner (renamed the Tastee 29 Diner for a time during the last quarter of the 20th century) is still serving meals to the motoring public.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
Updated: March 20, 2023