Postcard circa 1960s: Kummerlowe Archive
East Hartford, Connecticut
 -- 490 Main Street
Perhaps a converted motel, East Hartford became a Howard Johnson's in 1958. As Connecticut's first Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex, the 80+ guest room facility was non-standard, but featured a Ranch-style looking Gate Lodge and a classic Nims-type Restaurant. Especially long-lived considering that it was never quite up to HoJo's standards, it was not purged until the middle 1980s.
Left & Below: Opened about five years prior to its adjacent Motor Lodge, the East Hartford Restaurant was expanded in 1960 and featured in an issue of the Howard Johnson's Landmark.
Above: The side wall has recessed niches with Rosewood moldings and the background of the niches is covered with a decorative vinyl plastic.
Right: East Hartford adds Lamplighter Room. The interior has Teak wall paneling, a specially designed chandelier, and post lantern. The antique gold-vein mirror applied to the rear wall has a free-standing wrought iron and brass grill. Tables have Formica 'Rosewood' tops with brass bases. The carpeted floor completes the decor for that feeling of dining in luxury at moderate prices.

Ad card circa 1980s: Dan Donahue
Above: Even after it ceased being a Howard Johnson's, its rooms continued to be outfitted with standardized HoJo's furnishings.

Below: Spread out in a 'U' like a typical 1950s or '60s motel, East Hartford nonetheless offered guests many familiar HJ amenities.
March 2001: Kummerlowe Archive
After its days as a HoJo's had ended, East Hartford adopted a series of names before becoming branded as a lowly Econo Lodge.
May 2007: Phil Edwards

Above & Higher: Vacant area behind Restaurant and Gate Lodge where swimming pool had been located.

The Restaurant lost its status at about the same time as the Motor Lodge and was eventually converted into the Connecticut State Police Union's headquarters.

Sept 31, 2004: Kummerlowe Archive

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