Howard Johnson's Landmark: June, 1968; page 1
Boston-Newton, Massachusetts -- 320 Washington St
Construction began in May of 1969 on Newton which included a Motor Lodge, Red Coach Grill and Howard Johnson's Restaurant. Plans called for a 12-story lodge with 271 rooms on the third through twelfth floors. Moreover the lobby featured 2-stories with a mezzanine floor for conference rooms.


Part of a $35 million development project, the unusual Newton Howard Johnson's complex was the first of its kind--built over the Massachusetts Turnpike!

Left: Dignitaries on hand for Newton's "air breaking" included Tom White, a partner in White and Waltch Trust, John Driscoll, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority chairman, Newton Mayor Monte Basbas, Mark Waltch, and Howard B. Johnson.


Howard Johnson's Landmark: August, 1970; page 1
Above: On June 18, 1970 Mark Waltch, real estate developer; John Dunfey and Mrs. Catherine Dunfey, lodge licensees; John Driscoll, Massachusetts Turnpike Authority chairman, and A. A. Stambaugh, Jr., HJ's executive vice president all marked the grand opening of Newton.

Considered a "glamorous" complex, Newton was unique and special in many ways! Less a Motor Lodge and more a full-service hotel, Newton's licensee was the famed Dunfey family -- "Innkeepers to all New England."

Right: Ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge over the Pike included John Driscoll, Chairman of the Mass. Turnpike Authority; Mrs. Catherine A. Dunfey, Chairman of the Board for the Dunfey Family; Juanita Phillips, Miss Black Massachusetts; Hon. Monte Basbas, Mayor of Newton; Donald Atwood, General Manager of the New Howard Johnson's motor Lodge.

The Wayfarers Club-Private Line: Fall 1970; page 2
Postcard circa 1970s: Courtesy of Dan Donahue

A press release in 1970 speculated that future guests at Newton would "be intrigued by the dramatic and unique sight, from guest and public rooms, of cars and trucks whizzing along Interstate 90 directly under the building."

The project spanning the Mass. Pike included over six acres of development. All together it was called Gateway Center. While its focal point point was the 12-story over-the-Pike HoJo's, Gateway Center also featured a six-story 650-car parking garage and an adjacent nine-story office building.

Brochure circa 1970s: Courtesy of Dan Donahue

The Wayfarers Club-Private Line: Fall 1970; page 2
Above: A few of the Sixty Boston College coeds who were "dormed" at the newly opened Newton Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge.

When opened, Newton featured "275 luxurious guest rooms, all individually climate controlled, all with color television, double beds, indoor pool, sauna bath, and recreation area with billiards and table tennis.

Note the standard room amenities including the Pamper Panel, and dig the groovy Drop!

The indoor heated swimming pool was located on the Motor Lodge's third floor along with additional recreational amenities.

A full service Howard Johnson's Restaurant offering traditional HoJo's favorites was included in the Newton complex!