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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

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.

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Richard Guy Wilson et al.
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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Mighty Midget", [Leesburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-01-NP3.20.

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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