Postcard circa 1970s: Kummerlowe
Lexington-South, Ky
 --2280 Nicholasville Rd

Lexington-South was the first Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex in Kentucky. Opened in 1958 it featured an early "squat" A-Frame Gate Lodge and about 110 guest rooms--all with exterior entry but no sliders. The complex was a Howard Johnson's until about 1984.

In its last days the former Motor Lodge operated as the Greenleaf Inn.

Right: Receipt from an overnight. I spent a night at Lexington-South with my dad and brother, but now can't remember if it was the summer of 1980 or 1981!
Receipt July 25, ?: Kummerlowe
Postcard postmarked 1960: Kummerlowe
Above Postcard Caption: Howard Johnson Motor Lodge, Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge on Nicholsonville Road (U.S. 27 South) 2 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky. Favorite over-night and vacation spot surrounded by beautiful Bluegrass Horse Farms. Enjoy our swimming pool, air conditioning, TV, radio, and room telephones. "Landmark for sleepy Americans" for reservations telephone 7-1191
Postcard circa 1980: Kummerlowe
The Greenleaf Inn: After a long day of traveling through airports and interstates, imagine the pleasure of finally arriving at Greenleaf Inn, located in the famous Bluegrass area of Lexington, Kentucky. Our Inn is beautifully landscaped with plenty of green grass and trees, to provide our guests with a little bit of country tranquility in the heart of Lexington.
Notes: We do offer AAA and AARP discounts, as well as a discounts for anyone in town for a medical reason. If you qualify for any of these special discounts, please call our 24 hour reservations line at 1-800-432-9027, anytime after you have booked your room, to let us know. We will gladly change the rate on your reservation at that time. We do allow pets, however, there is a $25 non-refundable charge at check-in. We ask that there be at least one person in the room that is 21 years old or older.
Nearby Points of Interest: We're just minutes away from the Bluegrass Airport, Rupp Arena, University of Kentucky, hospitals, the historic downtown districts, Keeneland and The Red Mile racetracks; and within walking distance of an assortment of restaurants.
2001 Sterling Valley Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. From Inntopia
Postcard postmarked 1960: Kummerlowe

The Restaurant was demolished first and an O'Charley's came to occupy its place. The former Motor Lodge lingered on as the Greenleaf Inn into the early aughts, but was demolished by 2003.

Above & Below: Note the circular planter's location in the early postcard and then still evident following the site's destruction.

Photographs April 2003: Phil Edwards
Image April 2009: © 2012 Google

Above: Google Street View showed that a Walgreens was built in about the spot of the Gate Lodge and that the HoJo's Roof Logo street sign amazingly remained standing advertising nothing.

Below: Aerial view from Bing Maps with O'Charley's and Walgreens dominating the site of the once sprawling Howard Johnson's complex.

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