Postcard circa 1960s: Kummerlowe
Cocoa -- 860 North Cocoa Blvd. ( U.S. Hwy. 1)


Sited in a spot where U.S. 1 made a gentle curve, motorists traveling north or south couldn't help but get an Orange gleam in their eyes as they approached the Landmark. Like many other vintage Howard Johnson's, Cocoa lost its name in the middle 1980s. Calling itself the Space Coast Motel, the former HoJo's carried on a number of years using its re-purposed original Trapezoid sign frame--complete with its chaser-arrow!

A Classic Complex!
Boasting a shuffleboard court, putting green, and tether ball in addition to its standardized HoJo's amenities, the Cocoa Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex opened in 1963 as #175 with 53 air-conditioned guest rooms.

Landmark May 1964, page 5: Kummerlowe
Photographs 2000: Kummerlowe
Photo April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photographs 2000: Kummerlowe
While the Motor Lodge retained its basic form and played to its location along the Space Coast, the Restaurant was altered and converted into several "concepts" before it met its final end.
Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photograph January 2005: Bob Venditti

Photographs October 2003: Phil Edwards

Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photograph 2000 : Kummerlowe
Photograph October 2003: Phil Edwards

Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe

Photograph April 2003: Dan Donahue
Photographs January 2005: Bob Venditti

Not in MY Backyard!
Cocoa's last owner made a last desperate plea to local town politicians to save his motel. He had proposed a plan that would have kept the tired former HoJo's intact a while longer--he wanted to convert it into a shelter for homeless people. However his idea was rejected.

Prepped for Demolition
By the time Bob Venditti made his way along the coast in 2005, Cocoa's demolition had begun.

Photographs April 2005: Kummerlowe

Photogenic to the End...
A 2001 real estate offering listed the site thusly: "The property is currently operated as a 53 room renovated Howard Johnson motel and restaurant. It has been approved by the City of Cocoa for a 111 room assisted living facility with site plan approved. The site contains 3 buildings including the restaurant and a large family pool. The price of $595,000 does not include the restaurant. The restaurant is offered separately at $350,000."

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