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Dairy Queen
Naples, FL
ca. 1987: 2009: 2020:

Dairy Queen
Pinecrest, FL
2009: 2020:
former Dairy Queen
Bonita Springs, FL
These three 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. In 2012, the business moved to a new building. From 2014-2016, the building housed the All American Shake Shop. Since 2019, the building has housed Turco Taco. [first photo above, thanks Eavenson Art] [map]

This Pinecrest location was supposedly built in 1954. I suspect it was more likely built in the 1960s. By 2012, the roof was painted red and the front of the building was blue. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bonita Springs building now houses Trackside Donuts & Cafe. I believe that this location was built in 1968. [map]

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

Dairy Queen
Miami, FL
Dairy Queen
Port Charlotte, FL
2009: 2020:
These two Dairy Queen locations have squattier A-frame designs than those mentioned above. I don't believe these were built outside of Florida.

The Miami location was built in 1967. The building has housed Bird Road Car Accessories since at least 2014. [map]

The Port Charlotte location was built in 1961. I suspect that this building may have been adapted from another business. The signs were updated by 2013, but the building remains the same. [map]

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

Dairy Queen
Sanibel, FL
This Dairy Queen was built in 1971 and has a unique shape. I don't know if it was a one-off remodeling or if it was actually built this way. [map]

former Dairy Queen [gone]
Scottsdale, AZ

2012:

2018:
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. In 2014, the building was put to use as office space for Scottsdale RV. In 2019, the building was dismantled. The A-frame structure was preserved and will supposedly be used for a shopping center restaurant in Scottsdale.

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. By 2018, the letters had been removed from the front of the building and modern signs had replaced them. The pole sign had also been replaced with modern "swoosh" panels. [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 and a pole sign with a plastic "lips" logo. There was also this one-of-a-kind strawberry sundae sign which was built by the Paulding Sign Company in 1957. It was about six feet tall. It was superimposed over a flashing, bulb-studded chevron which is about 15 feet wide. Before the business changed hands in 2017, the sundae sign was sold for about $30,000 to a private collector. 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 except the one shown below in Sherman, TX. It may have been a regional variation to offer more shade to customers and their vehicles. [map]

Dairy Queen
Sherman, TX
This Dairy Queen has updated its signage as per corporate branding. Up until at least 2016, there were letters on the front of the canopy that read "'Live a Little!' at Dairy Queen Burgers Shakes." There were letters on the side of the building which read "Sundaes Burgers." These photos are from 2018. [map]

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