San Jose complex was built during Howard Johnson's rapid expansion
in the California market. Opened in 1969, the Motor Lodge
boasted traditional standardized architecture and amenities.
the standardized highway-type Motor Lodge offered the choice
of 94 guest rooms. Later, and most likely after the property
relinquished its HJ name, an additional but non-standard guest
building was constructed.
Charles Hathaway discovered a HoJo's memorial in San Jose's
courtyard. He noted that in addition to the Lamplighter preserved
on its Spire that there was a plaque detailing the site's
history--with a likeness of the Gate Lodge no less!