a shift in Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge and Restaurant design at
the end of the 1960s, Mill Valley was built entirely in the Mansard-style.
Moreover all of the buildings featured flat roofs and employed a
pseudo-mission facade highlighted with a collection of archways.
Although as a Mansard the overall complex is perhaps less visually
appealing, it offered larger and more flexible public space for
gatherings and meetings allowing the property to be more profitable
and long lived. Note that its roof tiles are believed not to have
been standard orange, but more of a terra cotta!