Postcard circa 1970s: Dan Donahue
Newark, Delaware --1119 S College Avenue

Opened in may of 1964, the Newark complex featured traditional Howard Johnson's amenities and was the last original Motor Lodge operating in Delaware.

At the end of the 1990s it was one of the last best preserved examples of what the chain had been. However it's owners wasted who knows how much money "remodeling" it in the early 2000s.

Photographs June 25, 1999: Kummerlowe
Postcard circa 1970s: Kummerlowe

Introduced in the late 1960s, Howard Johnson's offered all you can eat specials "coast-to-coast." Every Monday was Chicken Fry and Wednesday was Fish Fry. Both meals included french fries and cole slaw. The tent cards seen on the tables in the post card featured a whimsical likeness of a chicken and fish advertising the all you can eat meals.

Especially note the detail at left and in the lower Photograph (and detail). The Yellow Roof of the Newark Horne's Motor Lodge is clearly evident through the Lamplighter room's front window and in the pool shots from one of Dan Donahue's HoJo's adventures!

Photograph (and detail below) circa 1960s: Dan Donahue
Photograph June 25, 1999: Kummerlowe
The Restaurant remained a Howard Johnson's until the middle 1990s, and then was likely converted into a Bob's Big Boy before ending up as a Friendly's.
Photograph May 2006: Bob Venditti
Photographs 2003: Phil Edwards
Brochure circa 1970s: Dan Donahue
Photographs 2003: Phil Edwards
Photographs May 2006: Bob Venditti

Back in 2006, Bob Venditti discovered that Newark's interior was thankfully virtually untouched! He said that the "rooms and hallways (were) in good shape," and added that "the split-level nature of the interior corridors can be confusing, depending on which door you enter from."

He noted also that "the heavy-handed exterior remod was causing damage to the room's balcony roof, as it was noticeably blocking rain drainage, with ceiling rot as a result."

Photographs 2003: Phil Edwards
Photograph June 25, 1999: Kummerlowe

©Google Street View September 2019
The Motor Lodge was converted into a Red Roof Inn probably during the 2010s. Google views from the start of the 2020s do not bode well for the site's continued existence. The views seem to show that the swimming pool was filled in and that the site was possibly no longer open.

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