Many of us are familiar with the popular fast-food chain McDonald’s. It is one of the quintessential destinations to grab a quick, tasty bite when you don’t know what else to eat or when you’ve had a long night on the town visiting local bars.
And if you live in almost any major city, there is a Mickey D’s on almost every corner.
With the original McDonald’s emerging in San Bernardino, California, there are now roughly 13,000 McDonald’s locations across the US. Still, if we’re going to be completely transparent, many of them aren’t the pinnacle of architectural prowess in appearance.
Of course, some of the newer restaurants in important locations have high-tech design elements, modern features, and unique interior design, but a typical outlet features brick walls, red roofs, box shapes, and of course, the occasional Ronald McDonald statue.
However, a McDonald’s location that has been deemed the most beautiful in America countless times is on Long Island, New York.
The McDonald’s, located in the historic Joseph Denton House in New Hyde Park, still has a lot of the quirks and charms that it did in the centuries-long history of the building it occupies.
The property was originally built as a farmhouse in 1795 and was converted into a mansion for Joseph Denton, a descendant of one of the founders of the town of Hempstead in the 1860s. The building has had a number of purposes, including a funeral home and a number of restaurants.
It was left to rack and ruin before it was bought by McDonald’s in 1985. The fast-food chain wanted to knock it down and build an orthodox McDonald’s on the land. However, the locals were against it.
“When we took over this building, it was a disaster, a real eyesore. There were pigeons all over. We had to gut the building, take it down to the rafters,” the McDonald’s New York regional vice president said at the time, according to Insider.
In 1988, the building was designated as a historic landmark, so McDonald’s restored the building, mimicking the building’s 1920s front outside look, and opened it in 1991.
The 19th-century Georgian-style mansion is now one of the world’s most beautiful McDonald’s.
The fast-food chain renovated the building in 2017 as part of the company’s $6 billion, 359-site modernization effort. New furniture, self-order kiosks, remodeled counters, and digital menu boards were added.
The McMansion is the only McDonald’s franchise in the United States to be built in a fully restored historic building.
According to Scouting New York, the massive white mansion was initially constructed in 1795 as a farmhouse, but an 1860 reconstruction modified the original residence to the Georgian style.
It still has many brick chimneys, shutter-lined windows, and tapered Doric columns, but it also has a drive-thru tucked around the back. Despite its outer look, it is a fully working, modern McDonald’s restaurant with self-order digital kiosks and a large dining room on the inside.
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