with standardized Howard Johnson's amenities, the Santa
Clara complex's exterior design was a twist of HJ modern
and California mission style. The facility opened in
early 1970 making it among the earlier locations to
offer larger public areas fronted with an Orange Roofed
mansard. Although converted into a Wellesley during
the 1990s, the Motor Lodge largely maintained its original
integrity until its closure in 2007.
FYI -- Wellesley had once been in the stable of
Howard Johnson's brands as it had been acquired by HoJo's
owner, Prime Motor Inns, during 1988. Prime had elaborate
plans for Wellesley that included rapid expansion and
all new construction--featuring suites, and large two-story
lobbies highlighted by broad expanses of windows. Note
that the brand has been phased out and folded into LaQuinta.