Tin ceiling

Tin ceiling
Nikon Df, 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF Nikkor

It’s tradition when my friend Dawn and I take a road trip that we stop for ice cream along the way. There has never failed to be an ice cream shop, even if it was just a Dairy Queen, on every road trip.

Our road trip tradition was annual from 2006 until the pandemic interrupted it. This was our first post-pandemic trip, and it felt great to be on the road again.

We explored all of the oldest alignments we could find of Indiana State Road 67 southwest from Indianapolis. When we reached Worthington we found the Route 67 Ice Cream and Diner. Inside we found a shiny, sparkling tin ceiling. It looked so good that it had to be brand new. I brought my Nikon Df to my eye to make this image. I assume that the lighting fooled the meter, turning the ceiling gray. But I love the look. Check out all of that detail!

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single frame: Tin ceiling

A brand new tin ceiling in a small town diner.


18 thoughts on “single frame: Tin ceiling

  1. P says:

    You hardly ever see this type of ceiling anymore. It’s pretty neat the diner actually had a new one put in. Do you know if they were replacing an older one of the same design?

    • I don’t know because I’d never been to this diner or town before. But this is the kind of building that might have had a tin ceiling before.

      • P says:

        I thought maybe you talked to the owners or an employee about it while you were ordering your ice cream. There was a small town cafe I used to eat at fairly often when I was younger that had a beautifully ornate copper ceiling. I believe it was original. The building it was in was probably built in the early 1900’s. Tin, copper, and similarly made ceilings have always fascinated me.

  2. matt says:

    If your wanderings down US 50 bring you so far west as Rocky Ford, there’s a coffee shop downtown there with a ceiling like this.

  3. I can remember when that was the standard for commercial ceilings. We used to marvel at the new mid-century modern buildings whenever encountered. Can’t say the same about the industri-dull strap-and-panel design that replaced them. Artistry has been drained from architecture.

  4. Warren W Jenkins says:

    Look forward to hearing about those old alignments; Owen County is about the only place in Indiana I got to explore when a brother was married in Freedom in 1994.
    BTW I’m a former member of American Road Forums from about 12 years ago, did a lot of National Road/US40 stuff in Maryland…

  5. I will join your tin ceiling fan club. It’s cool to find the real thing instead of the synthetic drop ceiling panels made to look like tin.

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