Indianapolis-South Indianapolis Indiana
Photo July 2004: Phil Edwards
Indianapolis-South, Indiana -- 4505 S Harding St

Opened in 1975, Indy-South was the last standardized purpose-built Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge & Restaurant complex developed in Indiana. Constructed in the practical Mansard style for both the Lobby and Restaurant, the 150 room Motor Lodge was located on a five acre site. The property was unfortunately set some distance away from its nearby Interstate interchange and behind a truck stop and other roadside concerns rendering it with poor visibility. By 1988 the site ceased being a HoJo's, and eventually an Econo Lodge sign was tacked to the Lodge and remained as such until about 2006.

Not able to maintain even the minimal standards required by Choice Hotels lowliest brand, the once Orange Roofed site abandoned brandhood while briefly operating as The Indianapolis Inn South and then finally as the Best Inn Motel prior to its closure.

Photos ca. 2008:
Photos July 2004: Phil Edwards
Above & Right: The Howard Johnson's locator map/reservation phone/brochure kiosk was recycled to advertise the Econo Lodge and its attached restaurant.
Photos ca. 2008:
Photo July 2004: Phil Edwards
Above: While still an Econo Lodge the former HoJo's Restaurant operated as Benders Restaurant with most of its original Landmark Supply Co. fixtures and furnishings!
Right & Below: Decorated with a sports theme, the main dining room featured Landmark Supply Co. booths and cane back chairs.
Higher, Above & Left: Patrons dining at Benders could enjoy a remarkably intact Dairy Bar.
Above, Right & Below: Complete with its original sign, the Rum Keg Lounge was as amazingly intact as the Restaurant while it featured a racing theme.
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