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The "Most Beautiful" McDonald's In America Is in This State

It's quite literally a great, white mansion.

At present, there are approximately 13,000 McDonald's locations in the United States, and let's be honest, most of them are pretty unremarkable in appearance. Sure, some of the newer restaurants in strategically important locations feature high-tech design elements and unique interior decor, but most share pretty run-of-the-mill features: sloped red roofs, boxy shapes, and brick walls or gray paneling.

One McDonald's location, however, retains all the charm of the centuries-long history of the building it occupies and has been called the most beautiful McDonald's in America time and time again, according to Gothamist.

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Built into the historic Joseph Denton House in New Hyde Park, N.Y., this Long Island McDonald's was opened by the company in the '80s. The chain bought the historic building with the intention of demolishing it, but the move was met with overwhelming disapproval from the local community, forcing McDonald's to change its plans and restore it instead.

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The large white mansion was originally built in 1795 as a farmhouse, but an 1860 renovation updated the original home to the Georgian style, according to Scouting New York. Today, it still features multiple brick chimneys, shutter-lined windows, tapered Doric columns, but now with a drive-thru tucked around the back. Despite its deceptive outward appearance, on the inside, it is a fully functional, modern McDonald's restaurant with self-order digital kiosks and a sprawling dining room.

Similarly, there are several more McDonald's locations that pay homage to decades past with retro designs and the famous original golden arches. And for more on the latest fast-food news, check out America's Largest Fast-Food Chain Is on a Downward Spiral, Reports Say, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter.

Steven John
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