Brochure circa 1960s: Kummerlowe
Louisville-Downtown, Kentucky -- 100 E. Jefferson St
AKA In-Towne

One of only a few built to feature a drive under canopy A-frame Gate Lodge, the 105 unit high-rise Louisville-Downtown location opened in 1967. Downtown's in-the-building Restaurant was reminiscent of other similarly designed locations like Indianapolis-Downtown, Charlottesville, New Orleans-Downtown, and Washington D C to name a handful.

Like Louisville's other Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge, Louisville-Downtown was a part of the Entwistle family's mini empire of Kentucky Orange Roofs. The Downtown location was converted into a Quality Inn in about 1988 and then later into The Inn at Jewish Hospital. By the end of the 2000s it was utterly transformed into a Fairfield Inn and connected Springhill Suites.


Howard Johnson's features 105 spacious, elegantly decorated units, elevator and bellman service, a large dining room with just the right dining atmosphere, an intimate cocktail lounge, an attractive banquet room and two inviting outdoor swimming pools, one for adults, one for children. This new, fashionable Motor Lodge , right in the heart of downtown Louisville, is walking distance from the downtown shopping and theatre district. Although the welcome mat is always out at all Howard Johnson's Motor Lodges and Restaurants, at the Louisville locations you will additionally experience true Kentucky hospitality for which Louisvillians are famous.

Above: THE DINING ROOM is tastefully decorated for your dining pleasure, and the famous Howard Johnson's menu will match your mood. All the fine foods that made Howard Johnson's nationally famous are carefully prepared here.

Above: THE"A" ROOM features two extra-large double beds, wall-to-wall carpeting, individual room heat and air-condition controls, convenient bedside television and light control panel, telephone and colored TV.

Below: THE "D" ROOM features all the advantages of the "A" Room except it contains only one extra-large double bed. All rooms are spacious, soundproof and restfully decorated. Bellman and restaurant room service are available. Colored TV.

Brochure circa 1970s: Donahue collection
Screen captures from Stripes © 1981 Columbia Pictures
Fleeting Fame ... Louisville-Downtown HoJo's made a brief appearance in the 1981 movie Stripes! At the beginning of the movie Bill Murray's character is driving a cab, and just for a few fleeting moments the camera is aimed at his fare, and in the background is the Downtown Howard Johnson's.

Photographs January 2003: Heath Gross
Photographs April 2003: Phil Edwards
Photographs April 2007: Heath Gross

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