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Wilson's Diner

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1949, Worcester Lunch Car Company. 507 Main St.

Wilson's Diner is a late example of the traditional barrel-roofed diner in Massachusetts. Manufactured as Worcester Lunch Car Company car No. 819, the porcelain enamel-clad diner displays the form for which the company is best known. After World War II, however, this traditional form failed to compete successfully with the larger stainless steel diners then available from several out-of-state manufacturers. Wilson's Diner is remarkably well preserved, particularly on the interior, where stainless steel detailing combines with the wood, marble, and tile finishes that had long characterized diners in Massachusetts. Original proprietors Chester and Alice Wilson operated this diner in conjunction with a “tourist home” across the street.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Wilson's Diner", [Waltham, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 474-474.

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