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Wellsboro Diner

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1938, 1994. 19 Main St.
  • Wellsboro Diner (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Wellsboro Diner's architecture is as authentic as its homemade food. The diner remains unchanged from the time it opened as Schanacker's Diner in April 1939 at the town's busiest intersection. It is a Sterling Diner No. 388 (eighth dining car built in 1938) manufactured by J. D. Judkins Co., of Merrimac, Massachusetts, which was in business between 1936 and 1942. It is the classic diner shape: a long rectangle with a ribbon of windows, lowarched roof, and pale-green porcelain walls. A small kitchen wing projects from its north side. The interior retains the original porcelain finish, the arched ceiling, and such details as the red stained glass window trim and the glass countertop that also serves as the dessert display case. Stools and countertop are near the front and booths line the windows and fill the back. The owners changed the name to Wellsboro Diner in the 1960s, and in 1994 attached the rear of the diner to an earlier foursquare house, which was remodeled into a dining room.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Wellsboro Diner", [Wellsboro, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 564-565.

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