Rezoned and Repurposed: old house converted to McDonald’s



image from:

Yes, this 19th-century Georgian style mansion in Hyde Park, New York is now a McDonald’s restaurant.

It is known as the Denton House and it dates back to at least 1875.

image from:

The original owners reportedly were descendants of Richard Denton, a Presbyterian minister who arrived in the New World in 1630 and helped to found the village of Hempstead in 1643.

– from:

The home was built as a farmhouse but it was repurposed as a funeral home in the 1900’s. After that, it became two different restaurants.

image from:

At present day you can scarf down a Big Mac in the same building where dead bodies were embalmed. That sounds crass, but technically, it’s true.

image from:

Today, only the restored historic shell of the house remains. The interior has been thoroughly renovated into a souped-up McDonald’s with some imitation fancy old house elements:

image from: (author: Chung Chu)

This unique McDonald’s is making history and making the news as well. Scouting NY did a feature on it this past summer and it has been featured recently on other websites as well (here, here and here).

image from:

How did this anomaly happen?

By the early 1980’s the house had fallen on hard times and was in need of extensive repair.

In 1985 the McDonald’s corporation purchased the property with the full intention of tearing down the decrepit home and replacing it with a typical McDonald’s fast food operation. But local residents and preservation buffs fought to keep the historic home intact and were able to have the house designated a historic site. McDonald’s was forced to restore the structure to how it appeared in an old photograph from the year 1926.

image from:

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this conversion. On the one hand, it’s good to see a community rally to save a historic home and to see the home preserved for posterity and kept in the public domain.

On the other hand… a McDonald’sReally?

image from:

It even has a drive-through.







Prague: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Prague is one of the most famous historical cities in Europe. The capital of the Czech Republic stretches back at least a millennium and...

Prague: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Prague, the capital of the European Czech Republic and one of the most beautiful historic places on the continent. We already brought you the...

Berlin: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Berlin is one of the must-see destinations for anyone touring Europe. Rich with history, famous for its vibrant nightlife, and full of beautiful natural...