Architect Breaks Down Why All American Diners Look Like That | Architectural Digest

  • čas přidán 31. 05. 2023
  • Today Michael Wyetzner of Michielli + Wyetzner Architects returns to Architectural Digest to explore the design evolution of American diners. A cornerstone of American dining culture, their distinctive style has been emulated around the world making them a popular salute to the USA. Michael provides an expert look into the history behind their design evolution from the 1920s through to the 1960s and explains why all diners came to look like that.
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  • leokimvideo
    leokimvideo Před 3 měsíci +263

    Sadly in Australia we never saw the American Diner idea take off here because we had Pubs. You may find restaurants (shop style) with an Americana theme and that's about it. In the 1960's there was an attempt by a company to do a American Diner in Sydney but it's now a car dealership. I think it was called Henry's Diner.

    • Metta Bhavana
      Metta Bhavana Před 3 měsíci +9

      Operator Diner in Melbourne is thriving on that theme, with an American diner menu, although it really looks more like a typical Australian (or at least Melbourne) cafe.

    • Nick Blood
      Nick Blood Před 3 měsíci +9

      Harry's Cafe de Wheels? Very Googie architecture now I think about it with all the chrome and art deco and neon! Still going too I think?!

    • M C
      M C Před 3 měsíci +5

      Harry's Cafe de Wheels in Tempe is probably the best version of Googie architecture I've seen in Sydney.

    • John Skowronski
      John Skowronski Před 2 měsíci +1

      @leokimvideo I was very pleasantly surprised to have seen something very close to a US diner at the Austral Cafe in Murwillumbahg near Byron Bay. There is a lot art deco in town too. Cool place.

    • Luke Ormsby
      Luke Ormsby Před 2 měsíci +7

      I remember Hungry Jacks used to all be inspired by 50s Diners. Bright red booth seats with big stainless steel trimmings, black and white checkered floors, neon signs and photos of iconic 1950s actors on the walls. Now they all look like uninspired, dull, 'minimalist' interiors like everywhere else.

  • Ivan De Marino
    Ivan De Marino Před 4 měsíci +1532

    This is why I love this channel. An amalgam of history and architecture, with a sprinkle of post-classical romanticism on it.

    • silkthyme
      silkthyme Před 4 měsíci +8

      beautifully said.

    • Nick Young
      Nick Young Před 4 měsíci +12

      dramatic ahh

    • Cliff Stevenson
      Cliff Stevenson Před 4 měsíci +8

      What would it sound like if it wasn’t post-classical romantic? (Everything about our lives is drenched in romanticism in 2023)

    • Ben William
      Ben William Před 3 měsíci +10

      Another large part of Googie architecture was its extravagant use of neon lighting to attract attention. During the end of its era, cities started banning neon signage as it was associated with red districts and crime, during urban redevelopment and the fight to reduce crime.

    • jaguar 3030
      jaguar 3030 Před 3 měsíci

      And a lisp.

  • Mat Ona
    Mat Ona Před 3 měsíci +280

    You can never fully appreciate / understand art of any kind if you don’t understand its history. This guy is not just an architect he is also a historian/curator

  • Andriy S
    Andriy S Před 4 měsíci +838

    Mr. Wyetzner is one of those rare people who have the passion, energy and knowledge to give great insights and capture the attention. Terrific videos.

    • Meranda Lattanze
      Meranda Lattanze Před 3 měsíci +3

      Agree 100000%

    • SkidMarks
      SkidMarks Před 3 měsíci +1

      He's mispronouncing "Googie" throughout the entire video.

    • Gayle Henefer
      Gayle Henefer Před měsícem +1

      I would not know, nor do I care. The content of the video was extraordinary. ❤

  • Ormly
    Ormly Před 4 měsíci +832

    I'm European and have never been to America, yet I've had a strange fascination with diners for the longest time.
    One of my bucket list items is to visit the Blue Moon diner located in Beaverton, Oregon. It's a completely unremarkable diner, except for the fact that it served as the inspiration for the diner in the video game Life is Strange, which is important to me.

    • FroyoQueen
      FroyoQueen Před 4 měsíci +59

      😂 What a coincidence, I live very close to Beaverton. Never heard of this diner, Oregon is one of the most beautiful states in US.

    • Tatiana ES
      Tatiana ES Před 4 měsíci +25

      @FroyoQueen Then you can go there and write back the experience for the guy. The food should not be greasy, there should not be cockroaches, etc

    • fiveainone
      fiveainone Před 4 měsíci +14

      When you said Blue Moon I knew where you were going wit this

    • Shanon Albers
      Shanon Albers Před 4 měsíci +19

      I’ve lived in Oregon most my life and never heard of this place! 😱Thank you! Gonna check it out!

    • Mike Rehfuss
      Mike Rehfuss Před 4 měsíci +21

      That sounds great! If you make it to the East Coast, try any of the small roadside diners in the NY/NJ/PA area. Always great food and atmosphere.
      In SoCal, I’d recommend the Norm’s chain in LA/Orange County, and if you make it to San Diego, the Night & Day Cafe on Coronado Island (try the garbage omelette).

  • jj
    jj Před 3 měsíci +138

    As an Australian, getting to see a diner in real life is so exciting. We grow up watching them in movies and tv shows. It's weirdly nostaglic

    • Peter Paoliello
      Peter Paoliello Před 3 měsíci +2

      There's a few around, Pellegrini's Espresso Bar for example

    • jj
      jj Před 3 měsíci +1

      @Peter Paoliello yes! small but similar

    • Kevin Praditra
      Kevin Praditra Před 3 měsíci +2

      Soda Rock Diner in South Yarra, VIC is a great example

    • jj
      jj Před 3 měsíci

      @Kevin Praditra yes, although it's fake (a recreation not original)

  • Brian Ferry
    Brian Ferry Před 4 měsíci +118

    Fun fact: The diner he uses as an example of the classic diner is the 11th St Diner in Miami. It was originally built in 1948 in Wilkes-Barre, PA and was bought by a Miami Investor in 1992 and shipped down there.

    • TruthSeeker
      TruthSeeker Před 3 měsíci +7

      Hey very cool! As a PA native I’m really appreciative of that fun tidbit!

    • Preston Bircher
      Preston Bircher Před 3 měsíci +4

      as a resident of Miami Beach... I've eaten there many-many times!

    • Alchemizing
      Alchemizing Před 2 měsíci +1

      That was tripping me out for a minute, I was like Big Pink... no wait

    • Andreas U.
      Andreas U. Před 2 měsíci

      An investor brought it there. So is it an overpriced tourist trap now?

  • Abigail the Lee
    Abigail the Lee Před 4 měsíci +205

    As a Californian, i have always been fascinated with the seaside diners and seaside town architecture over here. Mixed with post war influences but sometimes just copy pasted east coast style. Would love to see a video about the “stolen or copied” architecture of the united states coasts

    • BW in NJ
      BW in NJ Před 4 měsíci +12

      As a Californian by birth and New Jerseyan by necessity, that’s a great idea. Unfortunately our great Diner culture here in NJ is fading. Sad.

    • Desmaad
      Desmaad Před 4 měsíci +2

      @BW in NJ Shame, visiting a New Jersey diner is on my bucket list.

    • Sage Capra
      Sage Capra Před 3 měsíci

      Yeah. To all of it.

    • Phillip Banes
      Phillip Banes Před 3 měsíci

      Diner architecture is very similar all over the country. Even when some go radical in design, you still see how they are related. I say that as someone who has lived half his life in CA and the other half in NY, and who has traveled extensively across the country.

    • BW in NJ
      BW in NJ Před 3 měsíci

      @Desmaad its not too late

  • Helium Road
    Helium Road Před 3 měsíci +285

    He should've mentioned Edward Hopper's painting "Night Hawks", which seems to encapsulate why we love diners. A handful of patrons sitting in a corner diner in some dark neighborhood, the place is an island of warm comfortable light. Anyone who's ever been out late at night and looked for a place to eat wants to sit in that diner talking to those people.

    • Mary Anne Evans
      Mary Anne Evans Před 3 měsíci +6

      I thought he would too.

    • RetroPulse
      RetroPulse Před 2 měsíci +3

      No one wants to chat with their waiter late-night, but othwerwise spot on lol

    • Bibiana Guadalupe Islas Herrera
      Bibiana Guadalupe Islas Herrera Před 2 měsíci +2

      ​@Mary Anne EvansI'm surprised he didn't mention that painting in the video.

    • Banter Maestro2
      Banter Maestro2 Před měsícem +4

      One of my all-time favorite paintings!

    • AvecPoésie
      AvecPoésie Před měsícem +4

      That has long been one of my favorite paintings. Thank you for mentioning it and doing such so eloquently.

  • AnnaElisavetta Vonnedozza
    AnnaElisavetta Vonnedozza Před 3 měsíci +32

    AD hit gold with Wyetzner-he makes topics so accessible & interesting. He’s unpretentious but you know he has a wealth of knowledge

  • Captain2976
    Captain2976 Před 3 měsíci +43

    Our family restaurant in Downey CA. is a googie style. It’s been in so many movies, commercials and videos it’s hard to keep track. We have owned it since the early 60s and to this day we still own it. My Father-in-Law has made a giant impact on history and into the future.

  • Timothy Robert
    Timothy Robert Před 4 měsíci +375

    It would be interesting to get an analyzation of the 70's architecture, famous for being the ugliest era, commonly seen on university campuses.
    Additionally, the 80's architecture seen in malls and corporate buildings with the triangular motif would be another interesting era to analyze as well.

    • KingOfThePanduz
      KingOfThePanduz Před 4 měsíci +32

      oh gosh that college campus architecture.... all the 70's stuff is super hideous, and all the modern stuff they're replacing it with is soul-less!!!

    • Sam Aronow
      Sam Aronow Před 3 měsíci +3

      @KingOfThePanduz I will defend the JFK library at Cal State LA any day. Though it needs more entrances and exits.

    • Negative
      Negative Před 3 měsíci +5

      @KingOfThePanduz It's soul-less sure, but at least it's clean and sleek looking. 70s architecture is irrideemable imo

    • Timothy Robert
      Timothy Robert Před 3 měsíci

      ghost mall Thank you, I'm a terrible speller.

    • Philippe Martinez
      Philippe Martinez Před 3 měsíci +2

      Some (most?) of those 70s buildings are bad but there’s some great examples as well. Now that nostalgia encompasses 70s, 80s and (gasp) 90s, I wonder what kind of buildings we’re going to have a newfound appreciation for.

  • Martin Hare
    Martin Hare Před 4 měsíci +119

    Beautifully explained. He explained it both technical and artistic. Now I understand the context of Diners

  • Ozzie Pippenger
    Ozzie Pippenger Před 4 měsíci +99

    Wyetzner is one of my favorite guys on CZcams. Most architects are terrible at explaining things to the public, but he knows what he's doing

    • Susan Baker
      Susan Baker Před 4 měsíci +6

      Completely agree!

    • Thunder Boob
      Thunder Boob Před 3 měsíci

      Disagree entirely. He’s part of a special club which desire to destroy beautiful architecture. I’d love to see his viewpoint on neo classicism

    • h d
      h d Před 3 měsíci +1

      @Thunder Boob What beautiful architecture does Wyetzner desire to destroy?

    • Sam Aronow
      Sam Aronow Před 3 měsíci

      @h d Don't worry, this is just a white nationalist talking point.

  • BlueSaphire70
    BlueSaphire70 Před 3 měsíci +20

    I love diners! It is absolutely comforting to know that they will serve the usual, especially scrumptious chocolate milk shakes. I love the way Mr. Wyetzner traces the history of everything and gives examples to make it even clearer. He's my favorite, I never miss one of his videos!

  • Farmer Connie
    Farmer Connie Před 4 měsíci +100

    In Canada, where I live, diners are inextricably linked to migration waves, particularly Greek migration. So, you get souvlaki and Greek salads as part of the diner deal. When in the US, I often visited Pittsburgh, and went to Ritter’s for breakfast. Classic diner, Greek stuff but a wonderful twist: cooks were African American and we got green fried tomatoes and grits. I am a lover of diners❤️❤️

    • Paul Blichmann
      Paul Blichmann Před 3 měsíci +1

      now Albanians run diners. Idk if any actual Albanian food gets served.

    • Munro Coutu
      Munro Coutu Před 3 měsíci +3

      In Winnipeg the Greek immigrants bring gyros and also the fatboy burger it’s such an interesting concept

    • PoppinC
      PoppinC Před 3 měsíci +2

      @Paul Blichmann In the US or Canada, and in which region? This is the first I'm hearing about Albanians owning diners en masse.

    • Luke Davis
      Luke Davis Před 3 měsíci +2

      Ritter's is legendary

    • Helium Road
      Helium Road Před 3 měsíci +5

      Lots of Greek diners in the US, too.

  • cel
    cel Před 2 měsíci +4

    I did a photograph series of diners for a photography assignment I had in college. Went to a bunch of diners and tried to find different ways to photograph them. It was pretty fun.

  • Luis ZTur
    Luis ZTur Před 4 měsíci +24

    I love this type of videos, they use architecture to teach history. It’d be interesting if you did a video on public housing in the US, like the projects in New York.

  • Ariel
    Ariel Před 3 měsíci +19

    I based my kitchen design around googie design and never knew it had a name! chrome appliances, checkered floors, and ice cream decor. I was inspired by diners like Kellogg's in Williamsburg with my favorite cheesecake and childhood memories of black and white milkshakes

    • jj
      jj Před 3 měsíci +1

      I never knew the name either! So cool

    • Daria Kachmar
      Daria Kachmar Před 2 měsíci

      Question - I have been in search of 10x10 or (preferably) 12x12 black and white flooring for my kitchen. The only thing we can find is sheet vinyl with a smaller pattern or cork. We went with cork, but it's not sturdy enough for our family. Do you know what flooring brand you used in your kitchen?

  • Michael V
    Michael V Před 3 měsíci +5

    Love Michael's videos. So much history in architecture that he breaks down so comprehensively.

  • David Schwager
    David Schwager Před 3 měsíci +41

    On the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, the circles could be seen as planets. Looking closer, each circle is a 1922 silver dollar. Silver dollars didn't circulate in most of America but were used as gaming tokens in Nevada until the mid-1960s.

    • Edgar Cook
      Edgar Cook Před 2 měsíci +1

      In 1962 in Connecticut, you could go to the bank and ask for them, get mass quantities if you wanted... Morgan Dollars, Peace Dollars too.

  • P.ipebomb
    P.ipebomb Před 4 měsíci +261

    Can we get more of these diners again? They still do well... especially late at feels like America needs a revival or some kind of excitement again...

    • CDNCarGuy
      CDNCarGuy Před 3 měsíci +24

      I agree here. Everything just seems a bit boring.

    • SenselessUsername
      SenselessUsername Před 3 měsíci +27

      I disagree. I see the beauty, but that nostalgic escapist yearning americana for an ideal past that never really existed --- it gives us an excuse not to look dry-eyed at the mess we have and how to get forward.

    • Colona Gray
      Colona Gray Před 3 měsíci +5

      Basically Waffle House is about the closest remnants. My grandmother ran a diner and even in the early 90s they were struggling to stay relevant though. Might be over for now

    • Marisa Nya
      Marisa Nya Před 3 měsíci +1

      Technically Waffle House looks and feels like that

    • Adam Faruqi
      Adam Faruqi Před 3 měsíci +27

      Unfortunately our car-centric infrastructure and the ubiquity of drive-through fast food restaurants have really damaged the viability of the American diner. Walkable neighborhoods are much better environments for small businesses like diners to thrive.

  • Vincent Lussier
    Vincent Lussier Před měsícem +1

    I wish diners would come back. They are so nostalgic and movie style classic. I love the stairs at the entrance and the long narrowness inside and the boothes, the round stools at the long counters and red and white checkered floor tiles!

  • Sharyn Taylor
    Sharyn Taylor Před 4 měsíci +10

    I went to a diner in high school in New Jersey (arguably diner capital of the world), called the Claremont Diner. Designed just as you describe. Same menu with lots of memories. Then it was replaced by, of all things a foreign car dealership. So you can add that to the list of diners reflecting the history of the country.

  • Julie Guarino
    Julie Guarino Před 4 měsíci +52

    I worked for a short time in the late 90s at the Empire diner in New York City. I always found it to be the most beautiful which is why they’ve used it and lots of commercials and movies, including woody Allen’s Manhattan.

    • Susan Baker
      Susan Baker Před 4 měsíci +2

      Thank you for your comment! I just checked it out online. It's a beautiful diner.

    • Junior James
      Junior James Před 4 měsíci +2

      The Square Diner in Tribeca is also iconic. It's in Tribe Called Quests Electric Relaxation video, my favorite song capturing NYC in the early 90s! Not sure I'd it's still there, tho.

    • Bryan Cash
      Bryan Cash Před 3 měsíci +2

      I walked past it last nite and it is even more beautiful now

  • Rebecca Beidel
    Rebecca Beidel Před měsícem

    Thank you for this fascinating history lesson. I have often wondered why diners always look the way they do. You gave me my answer and also made me appreciate again how architecture is about so much more than design, it tells a story of our shared history.

  • Charles Dawson
    Charles Dawson Před 4 měsíci +128

    I was waiting for him to reference The Jetsons... and he didn't disappoint.
    I love this series, incidentally.

  • ksquine
    ksquine Před 4 měsíci +22

    Can't beat a classic Worcester diner. Built as pre-fab restaurants by the Worcester Lunch Car Co., and others. They were built for delivery by rail, but weren't really a parked diner car. Stainless steel and bright lights were used to highlight cleanliness, not always the norm in early 1900's. Stainless and lights worked great for Art Deco stylists and the design really took off.

    • Paul Blichmann
      Paul Blichmann Před 3 měsíci +2

      When I was a kid I thought ALL diners had to be a traincar. Guess it was a Woostah thing.

  • Antoine Tremblay
    Antoine Tremblay Před 4 měsíci +14

    Amazingly connecting together different aspects of American architecture I didn't even know were related, in a coherent, entertaining, and engaging narrative, well done sir! Loved it

  • Arvak
    Arvak Před 4 měsíci +149

    US diners seem to serve a similar function to British pubs, in their familiarity and foundations in tradition and history

    • JoelMatton
      JoelMatton Před 3 měsíci +18

      I think they might be more similar to British Cafes/greasy spoons, in that both diners and cafes are alcohol-free establishments serving cheap, basic food to mostly working-class people, and they're usually independently owned and not part of a chain.

  • Helene Grung
    Helene Grung Před 4 měsíci +16

    I love how the story of diners breaks off into the story of this style of architecture.

  • Tracy Scott
    Tracy Scott Před 4 měsíci +24

    I could listen to Mr. Wyetzner
    all day long.. I love his videos! I’ve learned so much- so enlightening..

  • PaperMoon Tarot
    PaperMoon Tarot Před 4 měsíci +7

    I think of Howard Johnson's restaurants as being diner like. The one near me where I grew up very much had a diner design with a counter and booths and their signage and color schemes were very eye catching. Growing up on the East Coast diners were everywhere and great for a dependable, inexpensive meal. Thanks for the background!

  • A Train
    A Train Před 3 měsíci +3

    I love the 1920's and 50's aesthetic. That's a diner I would love to see again.

  • Californian
    Californian  Před 3 měsíci +20

    I always get a warm feeling when I see one of the various Googie style diners sprinkled through LA. Many have been torn down for redevelopment but many still are around and I love them.

  • thomas beattie
    thomas beattie Před 4 měsíci +7

    This was incredibly well written. The call back at the end was a perfect conclusion and I loved it. Thank you for the education.

  • Gary T3hsna1L
    Gary T3hsna1L Před 3 měsíci +3

    I love the signage, interior spacial design, and the way these spaces are so well integrated into the surroundings they always look appropriate and inviting whether in a city or on the roadside on the edge of a field.

  • Brendan C
    Brendan C Před 3 měsíci +1

    These videos never fail to both entertain and educate. One of my absolute favorite series on CZcams.

  • Mecha the Spider
    Mecha the Spider Před 3 měsíci +1

    Thank you for the breakdown of Googie architecture! It really is kind of slept on nowadays, and definitely needs a revival, we could use a little bit of architectural optimism in this day and age. Also fun fact! A lot of those classic diners you see out and about were kit diners, essentially prefabbed kit buildings, which absolutely has a charm of it's own!

  • Dontwana Givit
    Dontwana Givit Před 3 měsíci +1

    Thank you for an excellent video! Could you please do more on 50s / 60s architecture in terms of different styles seen in public buildings vs homes? Like how different aspects of a style movement would manifest in private vs public buildings? It's a fascinating era! (I'm sure you wouldn't mind showing off some Saarinen designs either :D)

  • Phil Nolan
    Phil Nolan Před 3 měsíci +1

    Here in Philadelphia we had a place called the Trolley Car Diner for about 20 years where the front was an actual trolley car. Sadly in 2019 it was sold and basically abandoned. It became overgrown with a chain link fence around it and graffiti all over the trolley car. I'm not sure what it looks like now but it still looks that way on Google Maps.

  • Madolyn Laurine
    Madolyn Laurine Před 3 měsíci +3

    it's interesting that the architecture of the Space Needle is associated with diners because there are virtually no 'classic' American diners or train car style diners in the region. I grew up in Seattle and enjoying diner culture is something I love about living on the east coast now

  • Daniel Vizcaya
    Daniel Vizcaya Před 3 měsíci +5

    Este hombre es fantástico, tantas expresiones y palabras, la forma de contarnos la historia, los aspectos estéticos, en fin. Oro puro

  • Srw
    Srw Před 3 měsíci +7

    When I stayed in the U.S. , I was fascinated by the architecture like Varsity 🍔. They’re very American but it’s not until watching this video that I realize that they represent many of the iconic architecture in the U.S.

  • Duckie
    Duckie Před 2 měsíci

    This is fabulous. I would love to see more videos like this!

  • Eamon Sherry
    Eamon Sherry Před 3 měsíci +1

    Great series. Love how he threads it tough through the decades of culture and how it changes the evolution of the simple idea of a dining cart.

  • Xanderall
    Xanderall Před 3 měsíci +2

    I learn so much with every one of these videos! It's an incredible amount of information in such a brief amount of time, but it never overwhelms and it always entertains :)

  • Hannah D.
    Hannah D. Před 4 měsíci +8

    Thanks for explaining the history behind diners. Very well done, I learned a lot watching this. 😊

  • Irfan Kurnia
    Irfan Kurnia Před 3 měsíci +16

    As a history buff, a foodie, and a nerd for great structures, I can sit in a two-hour class with Mr. Wyetzner talking about this video without getting bored. His passion and energy is just so wonderful to watch.

  • Heqaib
    Heqaib Před 3 měsíci +1

    I love the analysis of things we take for granted. It makes you appreciate the world around us. Thanks!

  • Paul Davis
    Paul Davis Před 3 měsíci

    Another great video - your perspectives on design are very much appreciated. Keep 'em coming!

  • Brian Brian
    Brian Brian Před 3 měsíci +1

    What a fantastic idea to examine! Great video. Such out of the box thinking!

  • Ryan
    Ryan Před 4 měsíci +2

    My favorite diner as a kid was Bob’s Big Boy. I don’t see them around anymore. Every once in awhile I’ll come across an original Denny’s diner and the architecture is so beautiful and distinct.

  • A B
    A B Před 3 měsíci

    Sir, I love the episodes you narrate. You have a great way to explain complex things to us normal people. Thank you

  • 202 50
    202 50 Před 3 měsíci +32

    What's fun is to find an American Diner in a foreign country. I've found them in Germany, England and Russia. They even try to imitate the same foods shown in this video. A Russian told me that when he is in that diner in Russia, he feels the nostalgia of being an American.

    • doctorwalex
      doctorwalex Před 3 měsíci

      Where in Germany? There used to be a diner in a place near where I grew upon the UK, Lye, West Midlands but it's gone now.

    • 202 50
      202 50 Před 3 měsíci +1

      @doctorwalex It is the "Double Six Diner" in Donaueschingen, Germany which is on Highway 27, south of Stuttgart. The name Double Six is in reference to "Route 66" in the US, which was a main highway during the heydays of such diners. Donaueschingen is where the Brigach and Breg rivers meet to form the start of the Danube River.

    • doctorwalex
      doctorwalex Před 3 měsíci +1

      @202 50 Excellent. Thank you. Next time I'm that way I will check it out. 1n 1999 I was in the States for a few months and drove some of Route 66. I'd love to go back and do another road trip.

    • Phillip Banes
      Phillip Banes Před 3 měsíci

      How can a non-American feel "the nostalgia of being an American"? That makes no sense.

    • Phillip Banes
      Phillip Banes Před 3 měsíci

      Please don’t call our country "the states". No such a country with that name, just like there is no country called "the kingdoms". 😄 America/USA, pick one.

  • Dandaman V
    Dandaman V Před 4 měsíci +3

    Expected an architecture lesson. Got a history lesson instead. Thoroughly enjoyed the entire thing, well done AD!

  • David Lopez
    David Lopez Před 4 měsíci +7

    Googie is my favorite style of architecture. It pains me to hear him pronounce it like that. I've never heard anyone pronounce it like that.
    I grew up in a suburb of LA that was built in the 50s. The trend back then was space age googie, tiki, and kitchy.
    I grew up near a bunch of awesome space age 50s architecture. The creators of The Jetsons came up with the idea of their show by driving around LA and seeing all the space age buildings and cars that look like rockets.
    If youre thinking, "That sounds awesome, I'd like to see this part of LA that looks futuristic!". It no longer exists. Most of these buildings have been torn down and replaced with boring fast food architecture.
    There are still some iconic googie buildings that still exist, but almost all of them are gone. This is what got me into architecture. I saw all these quirky buildings of my childhood disappear and it made me so sad.
    This is why architecture preservation is so important. That time in history is gone, so now no one will be able to visit a space age 50s neighborhood in LA. Googie buildings were outlandish and cost more money to maintain, so they just got torn down. 50s dingbats and tiki architecture are starting to disappear really fast too

  • Funky Koval
    Funky Koval Před 3 měsíci

    Thank you for explaining it all in such understandable form !
    As a former grill employee of mcdon I'm a big fan of homecooking. Meat is hot, spiced in whatever you like, veggies are in normal amount not symbolic stripes of something green with almost transparent circle of untasty tomato covered in tasteles but melty cheese...

  • A zoomer named Tone
    A zoomer named Tone Před 3 měsíci +1

    This is seriously PBS quality. Thanks so much for doing this everyone at AD.

  • BariumCobaltNitrog3n
    BariumCobaltNitrog3n Před 2 měsíci +1

    The American Diner took other forms, but just as utilitarian. The lunch counter diner made famous by Woolworth's, carbon copied in every city and oddly in pharmacies. A flavored soda and a tuna melt would be typical fare. The long counter of the downtown diner, open all night made famous by Edward Hopper in Nighthawks where a dime would get you a hot cuppa Joe. But wait, the Duck House!

  • Jennifer Padilla
    Jennifer Padilla Před 4 měsíci +6

    I love these educational videos so much! Keep ‘em coming, AD!!

  • John Pantelakis
    John Pantelakis Před 4 měsíci +2

    Wyetzner really does an amazing job in these videos, and makes them even more engaging with elevated language and coherent, easy-to-follow flow in his speech

  • Mark
    Mark Před 2 měsíci

    Brilliant analysis of something I loved and never fully understood until now. Thank you for your brilliant analysis and deep insight.

  • Thisismyrifle
    Thisismyrifle Před 3 měsíci

    i love this kind of video, you're learning art, history and culture at the same time.

  • BK
    BK  Před 4 měsíci

    Fantastic video! Nice blend of real history and context without being too critical. Thanks!

  • Zi Jie Tan
    Zi Jie Tan Před 2 měsíci

    I love these explainers so, so much. Pls keep making them, AD!

  • Kathleen Weinberg
    Kathleen Weinberg Před 4 měsíci +32

    You can't go wrong with a beautiful comfortable diner

  • Tim Mallette
    Tim Mallette Před 3 měsíci +2

    This video was absolutely awesome in its writing. I was happy to know about diners, had know idea it was going to end up where it did.

  • Timothy Mallon
    Timothy Mallon Před 2 měsíci

    My favorite diner food is the reuben sandwich. I might try other things at some point, but I always go with the reuben on my first visit. Fries and a pickle are a must. If they serve potato chips instead, I feel like they don't really care about the experience. I also sometimes go with a milkshake to drink and gravy fries if they have them.

  • Adolfo Araiza
    Adolfo Araiza Před 4 měsíci +1

    The best one yet! Loved this level of depth and history. Thank you AD!

  • Kimberly Olson
    Kimberly Olson Před 3 měsíci

    Such interesting history. Googie style seemed to be everywhere when I was growing up and I loved the whimsy of it.

  • Tia Doran
    Tia Doran Před 3 měsíci

    This was so cool! My favorite diner is Blue Bay diner in Queens, NY. I always thought it looked like a cruise ship but now I can definitely see the train car and art deco lettering this video is describing.

  • Joe Gordon
    Joe Gordon Před 4 měsíci +3

    It is such an iconic bit of Americana, the classic diner look. Hard to look at it and not have 50s rock'n'roll music in your head.

  • Phil Donaldson
    Phil Donaldson Před 3 měsíci +1

    There was a diner in Montréal that I used to love to go to in the late '70s/early '80s. It was a kitschy Formica-laden environment. They made great latkes. I think I also preferred their version of smoked meat over Dunn's, the big fancy-pants restaurant on Ste. Catherine. Alas, Ben's is no more. But it hearkened back to a time when fluorescent lighting and Formica were de rigeur.

  • Magdi Ferguson
    Magdi Ferguson Před 3 měsíci

    Loved it! I would love more, please!

  • Audra Purita
    Audra Purita Před 3 měsíci +1

    Weirdly, one of the places most associated with diners -- New Jersey -- has so many diners that are really more like restaurants. They have the archetypal greasy spoon food, but they also have a lot of fresh and elevated dishes. Many of them only look like remnants of the diner on the inside; the layout is similar (booths, open kitchen or at least a long bar), but they have been renovated out of the 20s, 50s, and 60s diner style.

  • Kenneth Cook
    Kenneth Cook Před 3 měsíci +1

    I love the 1950s style American diners. So nostalgic.

  • MagicknightrayearthHope
    MagicknightrayearthHope Před měsícem

    Wow, I love this guy, real role model for me! Love this series too thank you!

  • Martin Holden
    Martin Holden Před 4 měsíci +7

    Thanks for another great article, MW. Back in the 90s, The Empire Diner on 10th Avenue had the best Sunday brunch- fried eggs, hash browns & a screwdriver…classic.

  • kmoecub
    kmoecub Před 3 měsíci

    My favorite as a kid was Art's Cafe in Oregon City, Oregon (there is a fantastic establishment in the same building, called The Stillhouse, which serves Scottish faire and Scotch). My favorite item at Art's was the Strawberry Milkshake; Made by hand. As an adult my favorite was Brint's Diner in Wichita, KS (sadly closed forever). It was a classic pre-fab diner that had the absolute best open-faced roast beef sandwich. The building is still there if anyone wants to bring the place back into pooper use.

  • Eric Kinsey
    Eric Kinsey Před 4 měsíci +4

    In my hometown of Anderson, IN there was a golf course named Boca Real, a prime example of Googie architecture. Of course it’s been torn down, but the clubhouse and other buildings were so cool.

  • The Sushma Home Selling Team

    Architectural designs can also impact how the people will use and maximize spaces inside and outside the building. That's how powerful it is. 💯💯

  • Adrienne
    Adrienne Před 4 měsíci +5

    Loved learning the history. I think tomorrow land in Disneyland is another lasting example of googie architecture

  • K MA
    K MA Před 7 dny

    I'd go one step farther. The Googie style is an expression of freedom. If you think about what the train was when horse-drawn travel was the norm, or a car when travel on rails was the norm, or a spaceship when earthly travel was the norm, all of these were an expression of freedom and a spirit of adventure. It was a quintessentially American feel that these images/symbols tapped into. Great video! I enjoyed it

  • Michel Foucault
    Michel Foucault Před 4 měsíci +23

    I've always loved diners and this video only deepened my appreciation for them as an American institution.

  • Mark Fisch
    Mark Fisch Před 3 měsíci

    Wonderful I’ve always wanted a in depth history of the Googie style, thanks!

  • Brad
    Brad Před 3 měsíci +1

    I love this! My grandparents and I go to the Rock N Roll Train Diner in Pismo Beach whenever I visit them. Been going since I was a baby! I always loved it’s uniqueness and now I know why it is the way it is :)

  • Sam Aronow
    Sam Aronow Před 4 měsíci +50

    So glad he's back. Mr. Wyetzner's video on tenements and other New York apartment types has been invaluable to the research for my next video.

  • Privategma White
    Privategma White Před 3 měsíci

    Loved, loved this delightful journey through the decades! Thank you!

  • RodCornholio
    RodCornholio Před 3 měsíci +1

    As iconic as diners are, they are rare in the suburban McShopping Center land of beige, glass-fronted, cemetery-rowed, store fronts of nail salons, chinese food/pizza restaurants, dry cleaners, UPS stores, etc.

  • SubourbonMermaid
    SubourbonMermaid Před 4 měsíci +38

    I love the history of it all. This guy is quick, to the point, and he kinda sounds like Christopher Walken. I could listen to him all day. Oh, and gimme a patty melt with fries...NO ONIONS!
    "Oh, yes I know of Gucci."
    "Not Gucci; GOOGIE, you uncultured swine!"

  • C. Tschanz
    C. Tschanz Před 3 měsíci

    This was such a great video! Reminds me of Centre Pompidou in Paris and how renegade that design was for its time.

  • Lillian Barker
    Lillian Barker Před 2 měsíci

    I studied humanities and my favorite part was how architecture explains the values and viewpoint of each historical period and culture. Here in Arizona we have the Space Age Lodge and Restaurant in the pitiful town of Gil’s Bend. 😂

  • Kevin Kelley
    Kevin Kelley Před 3 měsíci +2

    This man's enthusiasm makes me want to follow in the footsteps of my father and become an architect..

  • La Liz Liz
    La Liz Liz Před 3 měsíci

    Excellent piece. I learned why I love diners so much. My fave -- the REO Diner in Woodbridge, NJ. In high school, our tennis team ate there after some tennis matches. Delicious, simple food -- and the waitress always called you "Hon."

  • Hannah
    Hannah Před 4 měsíci +3

    So interesting…what a fascinating demonstration of how architecture changes with society

  • percaelumvolo
    percaelumvolo Před 3 měsíci +3

    "To eat in a diner is to experience an expression of some of the best parts of our shared history - our optimism for the future. But in reality, it skips over many of the lowlights that were also present, such as the Great Depression, WWII, segregation, and the Vietnam War." No wonder a diner is such an American experience.

    • Phillip Banes
      Phillip Banes Před 3 měsíci +2

      It was a stupid thing to bring up. Probably votes so-called Democrat. 🙄

  • Tanner Kingery
    Tanner Kingery Před 3 měsíci

    Thank you for these videos; they are great! Please keep doing them!

  • josh jay
    josh jay Před 3 měsíci

    I walked by a diner downtown I hadn't seen before recently and even though I didn't need any food it made me want to go sit inside, it is like the opposite feeling of fine dining instead of exclusive it's like everyone is is welcome

  • dreamervanroom
    dreamervanroom Před 3 měsíci

    The one you call the ultimate Googie is more like the Googie broken down - past it's prime.
    And the airstream diner is a style I havent see on the west coast.
    The rest I really loved. I have to find Googies, if it still exists. It does look like deconstructed archetecture. There's a run-down empty diner at the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire, so sad.
    I now think I want to go to the LAX spaceship restaurant. I think the dining room rotates to give you a view of everywhere, or is that some other restaurant I was in?