Postcard circa 1970: Marcus Nauman
Baton Rouge-College, Louisiana -- 2365 College Dr (@ I-10)
AKA East

Opened in October 1970, the College complex was near the busy I-10 College Drive interchange at Corporate Blvd. across from what was the short lived Corporate Square Mall. Sited ahead of its time, the area later become one of the most heavily trafficked areas of Baton Rouge.

Brochure circa 1995: Kummerlowe

The property's last owner while the site was still a Howard Johnson's was the Hotel Partnership of Louisiana whose principle partner was Baton Rouge attorney Van Mayhall. The partnership defaulted and the site was foreclosed upon and then sold at sheriff sale in early 1992 to Simone Losavio of Gulf South Reality. Following the ownership transfer the Motor Lodge became the unbranded Corporate Inn.

In 1994 Major Jagdish Tamboli and two partners purchased the former Howard Johnson's. Having come to the United States in 1984 after retiring from the the Indian Army at the age of 46, Tamboli and his family settled in the Houston area where he and his wife managed a liquor store. A friend told him about the former Baton Rouge Motor Lodge which he purchased and gradually began renovating. He said that the motel "is a good revenue-generating property," and in a newspaper interview indicated that he was partnering with other Indian-Americans in order to expand their motel holdings.

Photographs 1997: Kummerlowe
Photographs 1999: Kummerlowe
Above & Below: A manager's apartment was added to the property to the right of the Gate Lodge during the late 1990s, and a renovation resulted in the loss of ground floor sliders in the main guest buildings, but at least the property still appeared to be a going concern. As an adjunct to lodging offerings the owner became a U-Haul franchisee!
Photograph 2001: Kummerlowe
Photographs December 2003: Kummerlowe
Photos December 2003: Phil Edwards
Photographs 1999: Kummerlowe
Not long after Imperial Group acquired the Howard Johnson Company and relaxed the requirement that each Motor Lodge offer a Howard Johnson's Restaurant, the University Restaurant at the College Drive Motor Lodge ceased to operate under the Orange Roof in about 1982 and was converted into a thinly disguised Waffle House.
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