AAA Tourbook 1984 pg. A10: Kummerlowe
Lobby card ca. 1980s: Dan Donahue
Birmingham, Alabama
AKA Vestavia Hills
-- 1485 Montgomery Hwy (U.S. 31 @ I-65)

Birmingham's modern mid-rise Mansard complex made its debut in 1974. With its 160 guest rooms on 6 floors in two large guest buildings, a lighted tennis court, an oversized pool, and meeting and banquet rooms, the facility remained a HJ Motor Lodge for a little more than two decades. Losing its famous name in the middle 1990s it was painted and stuccoed into a Comfort Inn. Reasonably well cared for and not significantly altered, the unit continued to resemble its original appearance.

In January of 2006 the former Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge lost its Comfort Inn brand affiliation and became the Vestavia Hills Hotel. Following a brief transition the property operated as a Quality Inn and then in the 2010s became a Days Inn.

Postcard circa 1970s: Kummerlowe
Photograph August 2002: Kummerlowe
Photographs 2002: Phil Edwards

Above & Below: Having been recycled several times, the former Howard Johnson's Restaurant was heavily renovated in 2006 and became Carnaggio's Restaurant. It featured an intricate fountain, colorful murals and rustic wall treatments in order to provide diners with an Italian atmosphere. Carnaggio's was unsuccessful and ceased operations after about five years, and in 2013 the former Howard Johnson's Restaurant site was not in use according to the Days Inn website.

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