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Dairy Queen
Naples, FL
Dairy Queen
Miami, FL
These two buildings are examples of Dairy Queen's A-Frame design. It seems that these buildings were only built in Florida since I have found no evidence of them anywhere else.

The Naples location was built in 1963. These photos are from 2009. In 2012, the business moved to a new building. In 2014, the All American Shake Shop opened in the building. [first Naples photo, ca. 1987, thanks Eavenson Art] [map]

This Miami location was built in 1954. This photo is from 2009. In 2012, the roof was painted red. For more, see this website. [map]

There is another one of these buildings in Bonita Springs, FL which now houses Trackside Donuts & Cafe. I believe that location was built in 1968. [map]

There is another surviving A-frame building in Miami.

There was another one of these buildings in Bradenton, FL which has been replaced with a modern building.

If you know of any other Dairy Queen A-frame buildings that still exist, I'd love to hear from you.

Dairy Queen
Port Charlotte, FL
The Dairy Queen has a squattier A-frame design than those mentioned above. It was built in 1961. I suspect that this building may have been adapted from another business. These photos are from 2009. The signs were updated by 2013, but the building remains the same. For more, see this website. [map]

former Dairy Queen
Scottsdale, AZ
This former Dairy Queen was designed by Haver & Nunn and built in 1964. It was part of the Polynesian Plaza tiki strip mall. The building was referred to as the Polynesian Dairy Queen in phone books at that time. It originally had a thatched roof. As far as I know, this was the only location built like this. The mall itself was demolished in the 1990s. This building housed an Enterprise Rent A Car for many years but it had been vacant since 2009. These photos are from 2012. In 2014, the building was put to use as office space for Scottsdale RV. [map]

Dairy Queen [gone]
Richfield, OH
Dairy Queen
Detroit, MI
This Dairy Queen in Richfield has a tiki-like roof element. I have never seen another one like it. I assume the building was adapted for the Dairy Queen. This photo is from 2009. There was also a mini golf next door. By 2013, the building and mini golf had been demolished and replaced with a Subway.

This Dairy Queen in Detroit has a small, box-like building. I suspect this is an old building with a newer pole sign. [map]

Dairy Queen
Wabash Ave.
Terre Haute, IN

Dairy Queen
13th St.
Terre Haute, IN
This Dairy Queen on Wabash Ave. uses rooftop letters in lieu of a pole sign. [map]

The Dairy Queen on 13th St. has rooftop letters, a pole sign with with a plastic "lips" logo, and this unusual strawberry sundae sign. This sundae sign and bulb-studded boomerang were built in 1957. It was the only sign built like this. The only other location that I know of with rooftop letters like these is at this location in Austin, IN. Were these letters a regional thing or just the only ones left? [map]

Dairy Queen
Paris, TX
This Dairy Queen has an extended canopy that I have not seen anywhere else. [map]

Dairy Queen
Yuma, AZ


This Dairy Queen features more plastic era signage. [map]

There is another vintage Dairy Queen in Yuma.

Dairy Queen
Leavenworth, KS
This Dairy Queen is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Dairy Queen
Bisbee, AZ
Dairy Queen
Willcox, AZ
These Dairy Queens also appear to be from the 1960s. [Bisbee map]; [Willcox map]

Dairy Queen
Cottonwood, AZ
This Dairy Queen building was much smaller originally. It probably looked like the buildings shown above in Bisbee and Willcox. The building was expanded about three times in the late 1970s and 1980s. This photo is from 2012. By 2016, the vintage signs had all been removed and replaced with modern logo signs. [map]

Dairy Queen
Vallejo, CA
This Dairy Queen probably had plastic signs along the roofline like those shown above. The "lips" pole sign has been replaced with a modern sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Queen
Antioch, CA
This Dairy Queen shares the same building design as many other locations on this page. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Dairy Queen
Rochester, MN
This Dairy Queen is another example of the company's boxy building with plastic signage. This location was built in 1964. [map]

Dairy Queen
Hoopeston, IL
This Dairy Queen has been here since the 1950s. This plastic signage was added later. This photo is from 2009. By 2015, all of the vintage signs had been replaced with vintage ones. [map]

Dairy Queen
Manchester, MI
This Dairy Queen is located right next to the River Raisin dam. It was probably built in the 1960s. [map]

Dairy Queen
Mesa, AZ
This Dairy Queen was built in 1949. It appears the neon sign was cut off a bit on the bottom in order to fit over the roof. This embossed plastic sign, although newer, was rarer than the neon signs. This was the only square one that I know of. I don't know of any other Dairy Queens with stacked signs like this. These photos are from 2012. By 2016, the plastic sign had been replaced with a square plastic panel with the modern logo. The neon sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Queen
Casa Grande, AZ
This Dairy Queen opened in the mid-1950s. The sign was installed in the early 1960s. Dairy Queen developed the red "lips" logo in 1960. These lips signs with protruding ice cream cones were mass-produced. In 2016, this sign was endangered when corporate headquarters expressed its intention to replace it with a new sign with the current logo. The city designated the sign a landmark and DQ corporate has backed off from replacing it. There are only a few signs like this still on public display. The location in Stamford, CT fought to keep its sign but lost to corporate demands. There was one in Topeka, KS which corporate also forced the owner to replace with a modern logo sign in 2016. That sign was donated to the Kansas Museum of History. Both of these locations still have the slanted poles. There are two other examples of these signs left in Key West, FL and Austin, MN. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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