This shiny blue and silver aluminum, stainless steel, and glass-block diner incorporates features from 1940s diners originally made by Kullman Industries of Newark, New Jersey. In 1948 there were thirteen manufacturers of diners; in 1987 there were four. In hopes of reviving the diner, Kullman Industries put together the most striking and typical diner elements, relying principally on photographs of a 1945 classic design (for which the plans are lost) to make this prototype at a cost of $1 million. Curved corners of glass blocks and the curved aluminum cornice give a snug exterior appearance to a surprisingly large interior, measuring 1,800 square feet. To increase its “authentic” nostalgic ambiance, the billboard mural was painted from a photograph taken by Margaret Bourke-White in 1937 for Life magazine of a billboard in Louisville, Kentucky.
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American City Diner
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