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The Liberty Elm

  • Also Known As: Elmwood Diner also Jenn's Elmwood Diner, Ole Elmwood Diner
  • Also Known As: Liberty Elm Diner also ETC
  • Historical Name: Central Diner

  • Address: 777 Elmwood Ave
  • Vicinity: Off Rt. 95 Exit 17 southbound, Exit 16 northbound, and Rt 10
  • Travel Genus: Eats , Sight
  • Sight Category: Building
  • Eatery Category: Casual Sit Down Restaurant
  • Eatery Type: Diner

Diners like Central Diner, also known as Worchester Lunch Car Company Diner #806, built in 1947, were once fixtures of Providence's business centers, industrial districts, and roadsides. Shift workers, light-night revelers, and business people would come to eat here at all hours. Today, Central Diner, now named the Liberty Elm Diner, is still serving customers and has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The structure is a rare and well-maintained example of a distinctive 20th-century American building style. Inside, the diner has remained in good condition and largely unchanged since the day it rolled out of the Worcester Lunch Car Company factory. - NPS

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The Liberty Elm


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1947/00/00 Worcester Lunch Car Company Architect Worchester Lunch Car Company Diner No 806 built

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Eatery Category Casual Sit Down Restaurant
Eatery Type Diner

Data »

Particulars for The Liberty Elm:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Criteria Historic Event
Level of Significance Local
Building Type Lunch Car Diner
Attribute Moved property
Owner Private
Historic Use Restaurant

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 09001231
Resource Type:
Owner: Private
Architect: Worcester Lunch Car Co.
Architectural Style: Other
Attribute: diner
Other Certification: Date received-pending nomination
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Architecture, Commerce
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Moved property
Significant Year: 1947, 1953, 1954
Historic Function: Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Restaurant
Current Function: Commerce, Trade
Current Sub-Function: Restaurant

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