Postcard circa 1970s: Kummerlowe Archive
Mill Valley, California -- 160 Shoreline Highway
 AKA Sausalito or San Francisco-North
Marking 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!
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Photos February 2005: Courtesy of Phil Edwards
Lasting as a Howard Johnson Motor Lodge until 1994, the property was at some point converted into a Holiday Inn Express. Meanwhile the Howard Johnson's Restaurant space was completely remade into an Italian eatery called Frantoio which specializes in domestic olive oil production.
Photos November 2007: Courtesy of Connor Hochleutner
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