McDonald's Buildings (page 2)

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Vinita, OK
This McDonald's occupies the former Glass House Restaurant which was built in 1957. The building spans I-44. In the 1970s, it housed a Howard Johnson's restaurant. I don't know when it became a McDonald's. These photos are from 2011. In 2013, the building was closed for renovations. It reopened in 2014. McDonald's is just one of the fast food restaurants inside now and the logo is gone from the building. The rocky facade and glass box on the right side of the building are also gone. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

McDonald's [gone]
Oklahoma City, OK
This McDonald's featured a retro building simulating the company's early roof design. I believe this building was built in the early 1990s. There was also a car hop canopy when the top row of photos was taken in 2006. I don't know if this location actually featured car hop service. There was also a retro Speedee sign which disappeared around 2005. By 2011 (bottom photo above), the canopy was gone and the building had been repainted. By 2013, the building was completely rebuilt into a two-story box-style McDonald's. For more, see this website.

McDonald's [gone]
Tulsa, OK
This McDonald's featured the same retro style building and sign as the Oklahoma City location described above. The sign was lit at night. In 2012, the building was remodeled and the sign was replaced. For more, see this website.

More Vintage McDonald's Buildings
Phoenix, AZ [vintage, gone]
Arvada, CO [gone]
Lakewood, CO [former McDonald's or an imitator]
Campbell, MO [McDonald's imitator]
All American Burger: 1, 2 (Massapequa, NY) [former McDonald's or an imitator]

Slo-Jack's Drive-in
Hampton Bays, NY
I believe Slo-Jack's Drive-in was originally a Wetson's, a New York area McDonald's imitator. This restaurant opened around 1960 and offered car hop service. The mini golf next door supposedly opened at the same time and was owned by the restaurant. If this is true, that would make it the oldest remaining course in Long Island. This building's arches are outlined with neon and lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

There is another former Wetson's building in Jericho, NY.

Chandler's Hamburgers
Tallahassee, FL
This Chandler's Hamburgers building is another McDonald's copycat design. While the roof and canted windows are close in style, this building does not have the built-in benches on the sides. It also has funky brick columns supporting the roof. There is also no boxy projection below the roofline that McDonald's buildings had. These photos were taken in 2010 when the building was housing a Budget car rental office. In 2016, that business closed and the building was vacant. [map]

There were three Chandler's Hamburgers in Tallahassee. There are other surviving buildings in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and Quincy. If you know of any others, I'd love to hear from you.

Other chains and independents copied the early McDonald's building style, including Henry's Hamburgers, Hardee's, Goody's, and Pot-O-Gold (1, 2).

former Durango Burgers
Gardena, CA
This McDonald's copycat building was built in 1961. It previously housed Durango Burgers but I don't know if that was the original occupant. The building has housed Mexican food restaurants since at least 2008. [map]

Alameda Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM
Bridge Blvd. SW
Albuquerque, NM
These Albuquerque McDonald's buildings were designed in the Southwest style. [Alameda Blvd. map]; [Bridge Blvd. map]

Sedona, AZ
McDonald's [gone]
Springdale, AR
The Southwest styled McDonald's in Sedona was built in the early 1990s. [map]

The McDonald's in Springdale featured an airplane on the roof. The plane was piloted by the Hamburglar while Ronald McDonald stood on the tail section. The plane had been there since at least 1999 but was removed in 2008. This location is located next to the Springdale Municipal Airport. For more, see this website.

Roswell, NM
This Roswell McDonald's was remodeled in 2005 to look like a spaceship. For more, see this website. [map]

Dearborn Heights, MI


This McDonald's was built as the "World Famous 50s McDonald's" in 1988. The interior had 1950s-style imagery and props. The unique building, which replaced an earlier building, cost $500,000. A neon sign was installed at the same time. Sometime after 2007, it was replaced with an all plastic sign. Around 2017, the building was remodeled into a drab brown box. The interior was stripped of the 1950s theme. The sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

Ocean City, MD
McDonald's [gone]
Mount Ephraim, NJ
McDonald's [gone]
Chicago, IL
Aurora, CO
The McDonald's in Ocean City and Mount Ephraim are just two examples of the modern, retro creations based on the company's original building design. There are lots of these out there. [Ocean City map]

In 2018, the Mount Ephraim was extensively remodeled. It no longer has the retro look. [map]

This Chicago location, aka the Rock-N-Roll McDonald's, was enormous. It was built in 2005 and the arches were 60 feet tall. There was a coffee and gelato bar on the second floor. In 2017, it was announced that the building would be remodeled, inside and outside, and drop the Rock-N-Roll theme. The building was demolished and, in 2018, it reopened with a very modern box look.

The Aurora location is a two-story built in or around 2004. [map]

Gahanna, OH
Upland, CA
These McDonald's locations in Gahanna and Upland are examples of the company's "Classic" double drive-thru buildings. No indoor seating was offered at these locations. These buildings were introduced in 1994. There are only three other still operating locations that I know of: Allen Park, MI, Columbus, OH, and Middleton, WI. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [Gahanna]; [Upland]

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