In honor of the birthday of architect Mies van der Rohe (March 27, 1886 – August 17, 1969), I have digressed from the usual “then and now” theme and mourn the loss of a Mies van de Rohe-designed drive-in that never came to be.
During the late 1940s Joseph Cantor, whose family owned a string of theaters, drive-ins, and roller skating rinks in Indianapolis, wanted to build a drive-in restaurant on West 38th Street near Speedway. According to a+u Art & Urbanism magazine, Cantor stated that “the best architect in the world doesn’t charge me any more in fees than any other architect,” so he hired the famous architect then working in Chicago.