Central Diner

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Central Diner
Liberty Elm Diner aka Central Diner.jpg
Central Diner is located in Rhode Island
Central Diner
Location 777 Elmwood Ave., Providence, Rhode Island
Coordinates 41°47′27.6894″N 71°25′21.1728″W / 41.791024833°N 71.422548000°W / 41.791024833; -71.422548000Coordinates: 41°47′27.6894″N 71°25′21.1728″W / 41.791024833°N 71.422548000°W / 41.791024833; -71.422548000
Area .23 acres (0.093 ha)[2]
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 09001231[1]
Added to NRHP January 13, 2010[1]

The Central Diner, now called The Elmwood Diner and formerly or also known as Liberty Elm Diner, Jenn's Elmwood Diner, Ole Elmwood Diner, Liberty Elm Diner, or Worcester Lunch Car Company Diner #806, is a historic diner at 777 Elmwood Avenue in Providence, Rhode Island.[3][4] It was built in 1947.[2]

According to the National Park Service:

The 1947 Central Diner--Worcester Lunch Car Company Diner #806 is a rare and well-preserved example of a distinctive twentieth-century American building type. The Central Diner, which is still in use, is a one-story, steel-framed prefabricated structure, measuring ten feet six inches in width by forty feet in length with three-foot projecting roof overhangs on each end. Inside, the diner has remained largely intact since the day it rolled out of the Worcester Lunch Car Company factory, and is in good condition. Diners were once a fixture of Providence's business centers, industrial districts, and roadsides, serving shift workers, after-hours revelers, business people, and drivers at all hours of the day and night. In the last decades of the twentieth century, Americans began to rediscover the history and architecture of the diner.[4]


The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on January 13, 2010.[1] The listing was announced as the featured listing in the National Park Service's weekly list of January 22, 2010.[5]:#

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  1. ^ a b c "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places". Weekly Listings. National Park Service. January 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b Sarah Zurier, Kim A. Smith, and Denise Bass (November 16, 2009). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Central Diner" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-31.  (33 pages, with several figures, and with seven photos from 2008)
  3. ^ "The Liberty Elm's Fabulous History". 
  4. ^ a b "Weekly Highlight 01/22/2010 Central Diner, Providence County, Rhode Island". 

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