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Mighty Midget

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1946, F. W. Corbett Science Laboratories. Market Square at the corner of Loudoun and Harrison sts.
  • Mighty Midget (Virginia Division of Historic Resources)

One of Virginia's best-known roadside delights, this walk-up restaurant, which measures 6 by 8 feet, used to stand a short distance away on Virginia 7. Designed and constructed in Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, of aluminum B-29 bomber fuselage parts and riveted in the same manner as an aircraft, these structures were similar, albeit at a smaller scale, to diners. An identical structure in Middleburg was demolished in 1956; the original Leesburg model was totaled by a sports car crash in 1959, and a replacement was found in Alexandria. Operated by the Castello family until 1989, it is currently undergoing restoration.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mighty Midget", [Leesburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 101-101.

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