29 Diner

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29 Diner
29 Diner Exterior.jpg
Exterior of the 29 Diner
29 Diner is located in Virginia
29 Diner
Location 10536 Lee Hwy., Fairfax, Virginia
Coordinates 38°51′29″N 77°18′31″W / 38.85806°N 77.30861°W / 38.85806; -77.30861Coordinates: 38°51′29″N 77°18′31″W / 38.85806°N 77.30861°W / 38.85806; -77.30861
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1947 (1947)
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
MPS Diners of Virginia MPS
NRHP Reference # 92001370[1]
VLR # 151-0039
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 29, 1992
Designated VLR June 17, 1992[2]

The 29 Diner is a diner in Fairfax, Virginia, located near the intersection of Route 29 (Lee Highway) and Virginia State Route 123.

History[edit]

The 29 Diner opened on July 20, 1947. It was built by the Mountain View Diners Company of Singac, New Jersey. D.T. "Bill" Glascock (deceased) purchased the diner and had it shipped to a strip of land that he owned in Fairfax, Virginia. Glascock and his wife, Elvira "Curly," ran the diner for the first several years, and thereafter leased the building to a succession of business owners.

In 1973, the Tastee Diner company bought the location and it became the Tastee 29 Diner."

In 1992, the diner was declared to be a historic site. Marc Christian Wagner, an architectural historian from the Charlottesville-based Preservation Associates of Virginia organization wrote the statement of significance. The opening of the statement declares:

"The Tastee 29 Diner is a rare survivor among the once-numerous streamlined Moderns diners that operated in the United States. While it is rare to find one of these 1940's diners still standing, it is even more unusual to find one still in operation. The high quality of this Mountain View diner has withstood the test of time in a hostile environment."

Thus, in 1992 the Tastee 29 Diner was added to the list of National Register of Historic Places.

In the late-1990s, Fredy and Ginger Guevara (Ginger being a former waitress of the 29 Diner in the mid-1960s) bought the location and restored its original name of 29 Diner.

For years the diner was open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, with the exception being Christmas Day. As of January 2009, the diner closes Monday nights due to the recession facing the United States.

In May, 2014, the 29 Diner closed its doors and went out of business but is now going to reopen under new management of summer 2014 [3]

Culture[edit]

Fairfax, Virginia, mayor Robert Lederer has made a recent annual tradition of dining at the 29 Diner on Thanksgiving.

John Walsh, host of America's Most Wanted, made a visit to the diner in 1999 with two bodyguards.

Bill Griffith featured 29 Diner in the July 23, 2003, and April 21, 2012, installments of Zippy the Pinhead.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  3. ^ 29 Diner official website

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