in the fully mature classic style of roadside Howard Johnson's Motor
Lodge and Restaurant complexes, Iowa City was opened in 1966. Featuring
82 guest rooms in its 2-story guest buildings, the facility also
boasted both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Although the complex
featured both a separate A-frame Gate Lodge and Nims-type Restaurant
they were connected with a corridor and meeting room structure.
Motor Lodge remained a Howard Johnson until 1994. Subsequently it
was converted into a County Inn and then a Travelodge. Unfortunately
both the original Nims-type restaurant and A-frame Gate Lodge were
demolished--even as the lobby is in the right spot no part of it
is the original Gate Lodge.
August 2006: Courtesy of Phil Edwards
City Press-Citizen: 10-31-69
City Press-Citizen: 3-12-69
City Press-Citizen: 4-19-69
2003: Courtesy of Rick Briley
Rick Briley discovered that a Ground Round had come to serve
as the restaurant for the former Howard Johnson Motor Lodge
by the early 2000s.
Only the base of the towering highway sign remained--even
the Country Inn add on was empty.
April 24, 2004: Courtesy of Scott Sargent
altered when it became a County Inn by Carlson, Iowa City's guest
buildings were smothered in siding and all the sliders were replaced
with doors and windows.