The Shells of Former Pizza Huts Continue to Shape Our Cities

Like many children of the ‘80s, Pizza Hut occupies a special place in my heart. Those red-roofed, linoleum-floored restaurants are woven into my early childhood memories as palaces of delectably greasy pizza, texture-perfect breadsticks, and carefree Saturday afternoons.

I haven’t been to a Pizza Hut in over a decade, and apparently, I’m not alone. Pizza Hut restaurants have shuttered by the hundreds over the years, but their architectural legacy continues to shape city skylines worldwide. In a forthcoming book aptly named Pizza Hunt, photographer Ho Hai Tran and creative director Chloe Cahill chronicle what has become of the shells of our Hut-rich past.


“As a child growing up in New Zealand during the ‘90s, the local Pizza Hut was a place of wonder,” Tran writes on the Kickstarter page for Pizza Hunt. “A world of red checked tablecloths, pizza by the slice and an endless supply of soft serve.”

Whether they’ve been reincarnated as Chinese restaurants, liquor stores or laundromats, these pavillion-topped buildings evoke a simpler time, one when scrunchies were socially acceptable and 2015 was still going to include honest-to-God hoverboards.

Copycat Printing, Pennsylvania, U.S.A


Olsens Funeral’s, Sydney, Australia


Vacant, Florida, U.S.A


Church Of Our Savior, Florida, U.S.A

Pizza Hunt is projected to go on sale in February 2016, but if you want to ensure you’re one of the first to get this nostalgia compendium, you can back the project on Kickstarter today.


[Kickstarter h/t Hyperallergic]

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Top: The Great Wall, Illinois, U.S.A. Image Credits: Ho Hai Tran and Chloe Cahill


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