Posted by: dinerhotline | January 29, 2010

With the inclusion of RI’s Liberty Elm Diner, it’s time to update the List of diners in the National Register of Historic Places


Liberty Elm Diner, AKA Central Diner of Providence, RI was just
listed in the National Register of Historic Places

I cannot believe it has been almost 2 years since I posted a list of Diners that were in the National Register of Historic Places! In fact that post was March 5, 2008. When I posted it, it seems I missed at least 1 diner that was in the Register (I forgot that it had been added). Since then a couple of more diners have also been added, so I want to update that list.

This search brought up 39 listings either as individual listings or as part of multiple property submissions. So I want to clarify at least for now, up to today what diners are in the Register. I have not listed them in order of the date of listing but here goes…..

Connecticut
Skee’s Diner
 
589 Main St.  Torrington
Listed Sept. 6, 2002 

Pennsylvania
Park Dinor
 
4019 Main St.  Erie
Listed Mar. 18, 2004

Utah
O’Mahony Dining Car No. 1107
(operating as the Road Island Diner)
 
981 W. Weber canyon Rd.  Oakley
Listed Aug. 21, 2009

Virginia
29 Diner 
10536 Lee Hwy.  Fairfax
Listed- Oct. 29, 1992   
Bill’s Diner 
1 Depot St.  Chatham
Listed Dec. 16, 1996  (Diners of Virginia MPS) 
Burnett’s Diner 
19 S. Main St.  Chatham
Listed Dec. 16, 1996   (Diners of Virginia MPS)
 

Minnesota
Mickey’s Diner
 
36 W. 9th St.  St. Paul
Listed Feb. 24, 1983

Massachusetts
Agawam Diner
166 Newburyport Turnpike  Rowley
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Jack’s Diner
(operating as Lanna Tai Diner)

901 Main St.  Woburn
Listed Nov. 22, 2000 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Al Mac’s Diner 
135 President Ave.  Fall River
Listed Dec. 20, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
The Rosebud  (Rosebud Diner)
381 Summer St.   Somerville
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Corner Lunch 
133 Lamartine St., Worcester
Listed, Nov. 15, 2000  (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Miss Worcester Diner 
302 Southbridge St.  Worcester
Listed Nov. 21, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Boulevard Diner
155 Shrewsbury St.  Worcester
Listed Nov. 22, 2000 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Chadwick Square Diner
95 rear Prescott St.  Worcester
Listed Nov. 26, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Ann’s Diner
(operating as Pat’s Diner)
11 Bridge Rd. (US 1)  Salisbury
Listed Dec. 10, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Miss Toy Town Diner
(operating as the Blue Moon Diner)
102 Main St.  Gardner
Listed Dec. 4, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Capitol Diner
431 Union St.  Lynn
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Shawmut Diner
943 Shawmut Ave.  New Bedford
Listed Nov. 28, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Salem Diner
70 1/2 Loring Ave.  Salem
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
New Bay Diner
(Operating as the Rte. 66 Diner)
950 Bay St.  Springfield
Listed Dec. 4, 2003 (Diners of Mass.MPS)
Al’s Diner
14 Yelle St.  Chicopee
Listed Dec. 14, 2000 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Miss Florence Diner 
99 Main St.  Northampton
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Casey’s Diner
36 South Ave.  Natick
Listed Sept. 22,1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Whit’s Diner
(operating as Lloyd’s Diner)
184A Fountain St.  Framingham
Listed Dec. 4, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Wilson’s Diner
507 Main St.  Waltham
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Town Diner
627 Mount Auburn St.  Watertown
Listed Sept. 22, 1999 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Ted’s Diner  (Now demolished)
67 Main St.  Milford
Listed Nov. 29, 2000 (Diners of Mass. MPS)
Monarch Diner
(operating as Four Sisters Owl Diner)
246 Appleton St.  Lowell
Listed Nov. 28, 2003 (Diners of Mass. MPS)

New York
Halfway Diner
(operating as the Village Diner)
39 N. Broadway  Red Hook
Listed Jan. 7, 1988
Munson Diner 
Lake St. (NY 55)  Liberty
Listed April 12, 2006
Lil’s Diner (Miss Albany Diner)
893 Broadway  Albany
Listed Nov. 6, 2000

North Carolina
Sam’s Diner
2008 S. Virginia Dare Trail  Kill Devil Hills
Listed Jan. 27, 1999

Ohio
Silk City Diner #4655
(operating as Kim’s Classic Diner)
303 Washington St.  Sabina
Listed Aug. 10, 2005 

Vermont
Miss Bellows Falls Diner
90 Rockingham St.  Bellows Falls
Listed Feb. 15, 1983 

Rhode Island
Modern Diner
364 East Ave.  Pawtucket
Listed Oct. 19, 1978
Poirier’s Diner
1467 Westminster St.  Providence
Listed July 17, 2003
Central Diner
(operating as the Liberty Elm Diner)
777 Elmwood Ave.  Providence
Listed Jan. 13, 2010

Colorado
Davies’ Chuck Wagon Diner
9495 W. Colfax Ave.  Lakewood
Listed July 2, 1997    

There seems to be some confusion, either by diner owners or other interested people about which diners are actually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I will site three examples of claims in this matter.

1. The last 2 operators of Worcester Lunch Car #690, currently operating as the Lunch Box Diner 0f Malden, Mass. have told me that the owner of the property (as well as the diner) imparted to them that their diner is in the Register. I did some investigating and figured out that it was in fact included in the research for the Multiple Listing Submission survey (along with a selected group of diners in Massachusetts) that represent different styles of diners but up to now it still has not been placed in the Register.

2. I have read for years that Collins’ Diner in Caanan, CT claims to be listed in the Register. In fact, they are only part of an Historic District that is listed in the Register (not individually listed).

3. I recently saw that Brian O’Rourke of O’Rourke’s Diner has been quoted that his diner is also in the Register, (it’s not).

Take note that one of the diners, (Ted’s Diner) is actually still in the Multiple Listing Submission for Massachusetts even though it was demolished shortly after being placed on the Register. Also, there was one other diner that made it to the Register years ago, the Clarksville Diner formerly of Decorah, Iowa (by way of Clarksville, NJ). This diner was removed from the Register after it was sold and subsequently moved to France.

Also, I thought there were more diners from Virginia included in the National Register, but a search of their database only brings up the three I have listed above. The Diners of Virginia MPS survey included virtually all the diners in the state but to the best of my knowledge, only those three made it to the Register. If someone knows anything more concrete on this, I would be happy to ammend this list!

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Responses

  1. Have to say I’m a proud Massachusetts diner fan when I see our state representing! Thanks for the list, Larry!

  2. Hi Larry!
    I wish that our diners in Michigan would be on the list…we have some beauties!

  3. Loved your piece on the Rt 104 Diner!
    It was a hangout of mine when it was Lloyd’s Diner.I notified my friends in RI about it’s new location and they are planning a road trip to visit.I now live in Utah and went to the Road Island Diner last summer.

    • Hey Alan, let me know when you and your friends are going up to the Rte. 104. I might be able to show up.


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