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New Hyde Park, New York

McDonald's Restaurant #12000

America's most popular fast food restaurant housed in a palatial mansion on the side of a highway. 

The appellation McMansion could certainly be applied here.

Long Island’s Denton House,  an 18th century farmhouse that was converted into a Georgian-style mansion in the 1860s, houses perhaps the grandest McDonald’s restaurant on the planet.

Built in 1795 as a family dwelling, the house served a variety of functions over the years, including a funeral home and a string of restaurants. The building, however, fell into disrepair in the latter half of the 20th century.

In 1985 McDonald’s purchased the property and planned to raze the structure, but residents of the town and the surrounding area intervened, hoping to save the building from the wrecking ball.

Under pressure from the preservationists, McDonald’s agreed to restore the home to its former grandeur in exchange for permission to build an addition for a drive-thru. And McDonald’s #12000 was born

One of the highlights of the restaurant is the home’s veranda, which serves as a dining area and is sealed in with glass panelling. Even the drive-thru is unobtrusive and in keeping with the home’s overall appearance.

This McDonald’s stands as a testament to what can be accomplished when a town’s residents band together to preserve their shared history.