The Plainfield Diner, which closed in 2009, still sits vacant at its site on the north side of the National Road (U.S. 40) on the town’s east side. I am concerned about the building and sign disappearing from the landscape forever.
The Plainfield Diner
Copyright © 2007 Dennis E. Horvath
The 1954 diner, built in the Streamline Modern style, was manufactured in New Jersey and transported to Indiana by rail. The front portion is the original 35-foot chrome structure, accented by red, white, and blue stripes. Inside, it still has the original 1954 peach and gray tile interior, with a peach-colored counter. The coffee cup sign and pink tile interior created a setting inspired by speed and the motor age.
Diners were especially popular in the 1940s and 1950s, enticing patrons looking for convenient, made-to-order food, hot breakfasts, tenderloin sandwiches, chili platters, and steaming coffee. The Plainfield Diner is believed to be one of the last structures of its kind on the National Road.
The diner was placed on Indiana Landmarks 10 Most Endangered List in May 2010, after The Plainfield Health Department closed the restaurant in 2009 citing structural deterioration. In September 2010, the Town of Plainfield enlisted Ratio Architects to perform a relocation study for the 1950s-style Plainfield Diner.
However, some companies have expressed interest in moving the diner to the town’s westside, said Joe James, Plainfield Director of Planning and Zoning. “We’re in the process of looking at proposals and getting bids for moving it. We do want to keep it on U.S. 40.”
For more information on this Indiana automotive landmark, visit the Save the Plainfield Diner Facebook page.