Pig Stand No. 41 (1941)
1955 Calder Ave.
Beaumont, Jefferson County
Built on a prominent Calder Avenue location in Beaumont, Pig Stand No. 41 opened its doors in 1941 at the height of the Dallas-based fast food chain’s popularity. Now shuttered, this classic example of mid-century roadside architecture retains a remarkable degree of integrity. The saucer-shaped roof, wavy carhop canopy and neon lights would, if restored, bring a local landmark back to life.
The Pig Stand remains unprotected by city ordinances, and development pressure on this highly visible site threatens the long-term survival of this iconic structure. By finding solutions to its preservation, including the application of state and federal historic preservation tax credits, an economically feasible adaptive use of this building would reinforce the importance of preserving and using places of strong and unique architectural character from our recent past, while demonstrating the power of preservation incentives.