The Majestic Diner: Interior Built Environment Description

Mark Lamar

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.


Annotated Bibliography 4: “How Natural and Built Environments Impact Human Health”

Khmer, Steve. Children playing on tree. Digital image. N.p., 2 Nov. 2009. Web. 19 Feb. 2016.


Wells, Nancy, Dr. “Natural Environments and Human Health.” Outreach and Extension (2014): Cornell University College of Human Ecology, 2014. Web. 19 Feb. 2016. <>.

Dr. Nancy Wells’ research led to her conclusion that a natural environment featuring wildlife and plants is beneficial to humans in more ways than one.  Not only did she confirm the findings of the authors of “Recognizing Campuses as Learning Spaces,” but she also went more in-depth into the actual benefits of an open landscape.  Her article states that a natural living space promotes exercise, offers a sense of community, and opens up new forms of recreation to the public.  Her studies also show that citizens who live in such an environment are prone to living longer lives.  In built-environments, where the land is not as pedestrian-friendly, citizens have shown less recreational activity and higher rates of crime.  There is one flaw in her experiment however, as her subjects were not selected randomly.  Wells also tested children for data as well.  Research shows that green environments foster social interaction and offer more social support while children of more built environments undergo more stressful experiences.  I plan to use this article in my research to support my arguments about the built environments affects on humans through the facts she presented.  The statistics and examples will help to make my writing more credible.