March 4, 2016
Interior Built Environment Description
The Majestic Diner in Atlanta, Georgia is where I conducted my research for my interior built environment description. Located on Ponce De Leon Avenue near a cluster of other historic sites, the restaurant stands out as a unique spot from first glance. From the outside, one can already begin to smell the freshly scrambled eggs as soon as you begin to approach the elaborate neon sign that brands the landmark.
When you finally reach the translucent glass entrance of the restaurant, you are free to seat yourself anywhere in the diner and begin to search the menu. Round, bright light bulbs draw your attention to the most popular menu choices displayed high on the wall above the kitchen. The inside of the building is decorated with several presumably historic pieces of art, commemorating the state of Georgia, and the city of Atlanta itself. Red accents on the seats, booths and counters of the diner create a consistent, simple aesthetic that is pleasing to the eye and makes the font of the menu easy to read. The inside may feel a bit crowded or clustered to some as the way the dining area is constructed is reminiscent of that of a shotgun house.
The way the grills and deep fryers are positioned directly in front of the patrons gives off a very down-home southern vibe. It feels as if you are resting at your grandma’s while she cooks a hot meal for you to eat before you get back on the road. And honestly, I feel that is why the Majestic Diner is so historic: the family element. The uniform joyful southern drawl of the employees reciting orders and the freedom to plop down on a stool next to a complete stranger make the narrowly built restaurant more than just a place to eat. It’s a place to gather. Inside the Majestic Diner no matter who you are, you feel unified. No matter who you choose to sit next to, both of you have at least one thing in common; you are both in for a delicious, hot plate of food.