Update on Virginia’s Triangle Diner


The Triangle Diner, notice the t-111 plywood box w/roof covering the original diner roof.

I mentioned the Triangle Diner of Winchester, VA in a post, Dec. 25th, 2009.
See here… https://dinerhotline.wordpress.com/2009/12/25/winchester-vas-triangle-diner-named-state-landmark/ . It had recently received Landmark status from the Commonwealth of Virginia and is being nominated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

In the post from last week where I updated my list of diners that are on the National Register, I had a question on the amount of diners that were listed in Virginia. You see I was aware that Marc C. Wagner, (Architectural Historian for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources) had done the research for the Diners of Virginia, MPS survey back in the mid-1990’s. His research covered all the diners that were located within the state and provided the basis for future nominations for listing on the Register. The Tastee 29 Diner was previously listed in the Register a few years before but only 2 diners, the converted Trolley Cars in Chatham, VA were listed in the Register since the Diners of Virginia, MPS was authored.

I corresponded with Marc right after I posted the update last week and he sent me some info basically verifying what I had discovered and also brought me up to date on what’s happening with the Triangle Diner. He told me that they were hoping to get the paperwork sent to the Federal folks within a week or 2 and that the listing in the National Register could be as early as April, 2010.

Regular readers of this blog might recall in my post from Dec. 25th that I mentioned in passing about my hopes that the new owner Mike Lessin would have the roof (and t-111 box) masking the original roof removed from the diner. Well guess what? Marc just sent these photos and I am really glad to see this!


Workers removing plywood box and roof from the Triangle Diner
Photo courtesy of  Mike Lessin by way of Marc C. Wagner


Workers removing plywood box and roof from the Triangle Diner
Photo courtesy of  Mike Lessin by way of Marc C. Wagner


Workers removing plywood box and roof from the Triangle Diner
Photo courtesy of  Mike Lessin by way of Marc C. Wagner


Workers removing plywood box and roof from the Triangle Diner
Photo courtesy of  Mike Lessin by way of Marc C. Wagner

3 thoughts on “Update on Virginia’s Triangle Diner

  1. i bet with this storm, they wish they were a month behind schedule! This is good news though. Is it easy to get a hold of Marc C. Wagner? Would like to ask him about some of the diners that he documented in the 1990s that are now gone.

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