Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the day of feasting, we are celebrating the the unusual architecture of buildings shaped like food. This novelty architecture was especially popular in roadside attractions to perhaps inspire some stomach growling as travelers passed by, but you’ll see examples both old and new where tasty meals served as inspiration for design.
Our only rules for the list are one building per food item (sorry multitude of giant milk bottles), and that the food itself must be part of the form of the building, not just some giant sculpture on top (sorry giant donuts). We’ve previously looked at buildings shaped like animals and buildings shaped like obsolete technology, and these 20 buildings show that the edible is just as appealing for architecture.
Beach Kiosk, Penticton Beach, British Columbia, Canada (photograph by dawn-pinkchick/Flickr user) The T.S. Eliot reference may or may not be intentional.
Dunmore Pineapple, Scotland (photograph by Steve Macfriendly)
Donut Hole, La Puente, California (photograph by soupstance/Flickr user)
LOAF OF BREAD
The Loaf, Elysburg, Pennsylvania (photograph by zizzybaloobah/Flickr user)
Coney Island Hot Dog Stand, Bailey, Colorado (photograph by Ron McDonald)
Twistee Treat, Hudson, Florida (photograph by Daniel Oines) There are actually quite a few of these Twistee Treats around the USA, all shaped like ice cream cones.
The Coffee Pot, Bedford, Pennsylvania (photograph by joseph a/Flickr user)
Hood Milk Bottle, Boston, Massachusetts (photograph by joseph a/Flickr user)
The Big Apple, Colborne, Ontario, Canada (photograph by Colin Jagoe)
The Orange Julep, Montreal, Canada (photograph by afternoon_sunlight/Flickr user)
Big Oyster, Taree, Australia (photograph by Stuart Edwards)
BOX OF FUDGE
Doug Murdick’s Fudge, Traverse City, Michigan (photograph by joseph a/Flickr user)
SIX PACK OF BEER
World’s Largest Six Pack, La Crosse, Wisconsin (photograph by Brian Moen)
Giant Artichoke, Castroville, California (photograph by brenbot/Flickr user)
Ear of Corn Rest Area, Olivia, Minnesota (photograph by Jimmy Emerson)
McDonald’s, Orlando, Florida (photograph by Mike Burton)
Sanrio Strawberry House, Tokyo, Japan (photograph by Valeri-DBF/Flickr user)
Wine and Cheese House, Wells, Maine (photograph by Charles Hathaway)
Big Lemon, Los Angeles, California (photograph by Cathy Cole)
Bluth Banana Stand, New York, New York (photograph by Phil Nolan) Yes, we know it isn’t real, but a writer can dream…
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