Old Saybrook, Conn.
 -- 100 Essex Road

Records indicate that the Old Saybrook Restaurant was opened in 1965 and not joined by its adjacent Motor Lodge until 1974.

The Motor Lodge featured a small Mansard Lobby next to the older Nims-type Restaurant, and along with its all-weather indoor swimming pool offered 124 rooms in its 3 floors. It remained a Howard Johnson's until 1990.

Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue
Lobby card ca. 2000s: kummerlowe Archive

After it lost the Howard Johnson name, the Old Saybrook Motor Lodge suffered from remodeling which rendered it unappealing and un-HoJo like in appearance.
Photos ca. 2000s: Phil Edwards

Like the Motor Lodge, the good looks of the Restaurant were lost during remodelings. Note that one of the original decorative concrete block "wing" walls was still evident.

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