Vernon Connecticut
 --451 Hartford Turnpike

Vernon was a compact 64 room two guest building operation built to complement the pre-existing Restaurant at the site.

Nearly in its fourth decade, Vernon's Motor Lodge had become by the middle 2000s one of only a few surviving original properties to retain the Howard Johnson name. In addition, the property continued to display many of the distinctive features that had once set the Howard Johnson's experience apart from all others.

Postcard ca 1960s: Kummerlowe Archive
Photos May 2007 : Phil Edwards
The site's Gate Lodge somehow kept its Orange Roof--even if it was badly squared off. Moreover a double "rounded edge" sign was exceptionally poorly placed on the Gate Lodge's roof resulting in rust stains running down the Orange roof tiles. Note that the motel's proprietors modified the Gate Lodge by creating a second floor living quarter space.
Lobby card ca 1970s: Dan Donahue

Photos May 2002 & Sept 2006 : Kummerlowe Archive
Left, Above & Lower: The recycled street-size Trapezoid sign (with its arrow no less) at Vernon is the last one known to still be in use at a Howard Johnson.

Photo May 2007: Phil Edwards
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