of the Future '50s Style!
Modern sleek and forward canted, the Ranch-style Gate Lodge
created by Rufus Nims presented guests with an appealing preview
of the Motor Lodge. Although there was no sample room within,
materials and design elements were similar to what the guest
could expect with his accommodations.
that Mr. Nims resisted the Company's request to use an Orange
Roof, and that Ocala-South's Gate Lodge, like others of the
era designed by him, featured a white roof that matched the
roofs of the guest buildings. Nims believed that white roofs
for the Lodge would stand out better in the dark as potential
patrons sought out a room for the night!
an even more modern and dramatic roadside appearance, the
Howard Johnson Company had abandoned the Nims Gate Lodge in
favor of the taller more open A-frame design by about 1960.