Historic Properties for Sale: Let's Eat!

Posted on: January 27th, 2011 by Sarah Heffern

We’ll be featuring listings from our Historic Properties for Sale site every Wednesday. (Yes, I'm late this week. Our offices closed early yesterday as a winter storm bore down on Washington, DC.) It’s just like Preservation magazine’s well-loved homes section, but much more frequent. This week, we're looking at commercial properties.

The Bon Ton soda fountain.

The Bon Ton soda fountain.

I'm not old enough to have experienced sock hops, poodle skirts, and dates at the neighborhood soda fountain, but I did grow up watching lots and lots of Happy Days re-runs, so I feel like I got a pretty nice peek into the 50s. (Please don't tell me how wrong I am - I like my illusions.) One of our listings this week - located in Lewistown, Montana - sounds (and looks!) like just the sort of place where Richie, Potsie, and Ralph Malph would be at home:

"The Bon Ton is outfitted with a solid marble soda fountain (ca. 1930) and a lighted art deco back bar. It has a panel on each side of the mirror with 3-dimensional pictures of a mermaid-type woman. The business is decorated in black, white and red 1950's style, with an extensive collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia."

As the Fonz would say: "Aaaaaayyyy!"

The 1790 Homestead Restaurant.

The 1790 Homestead Restaurant.

Another listing this week had me as soon as I saw the picture at right. And no, it's not the fact that it says LOBSTERS in huge letters (well, maybe it is a little) it's the quaint New England-y ness of the restaurant, called the Homestead. Its history makes that connection all the more clear: one of the original owner's sons purchased New Hampshire's most iconic piece of real estate - Mount Washington - and the family of legendary Red Sox slugger Babe Ruth used the place for a time, even leaving behind an autographed photo that was found between the walls years later. (And there are lobsters. Yum.)

These – and many, many other listings – are available now through our Historic Properties for Sale website. Check it out!

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for Preservation Nation.org. She should know better than to write about restaurants - for sale or otherwise - when she's hungry, because she's now craving both a milkshake and a lobster roll.

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.

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