Postcard circa 1970: Kummerlowe
Matchbook circa 1970s: Kummerlowe
Savannah-West (Gateway)
 -- I-95 @ Hwy 204


By the mid-1970s, the original Motor Lodge #000 had become dated and out-of-step as a Howard Johnson's, so in 1973 the modern mansard Savannah-Gateway location was opened along the largely completed I-95.

It and Brunswick I-95 had the same management and both were built in the Mansard style.

The property's Restaurant was rebranded as a Big Boy in the middle 1980s and then later was demolished. A Shoney's came to occupy its site, but by the 2010s an IHOP came to occupy what had been the Shoney's.

Postcard circa 1980: Kummerlowe
Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe

Having been rebranded as a Days Inn, the former Motor Lodge sans its Restaurant appeared in near mint condition as recently as 2003.

Photograph February 2003: Bob Venditti
Photographs September 23, 2002: Phil Edwards
Photographs April 2003: Kummerlowe
Postcards circa 1970s & 1980s: Kummerlowe
Photograph April 2003: Kummerlowe
Photographs 2000s: Bob Venditti
In the initial process of being prepped for demolition, the site still presented itself well.
Photograph February 2003: Bob Venditti
Photographs April 2003: Kummerlowe
The site's real estate became too valuable for the less than compact Motor Lodge and it was demolished. A Spring Hill Suites and a convenience store came to be built on parts of what had been the Howard Johnson's.

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