Matchbooks circa 1930s
Brookline-Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts -- 1626 Boylston St

An early non-standard "stand-type" location, Brookline's address was listed in a circa 1937 directory/map as 1562 Boylston Street. By a 1941 directory/map Howard Johnson's listed this location as Chestnut Hill.

An all new Chestnut Hill store was opened in 1959. Described as a "Series 100 building," it was a Nims-type. Used as a show-piece of modernity and innovation, it was featured in a Howard Johnson's Landmark magazine dated June 7, 1959.


Photo August 8, 1966: MBTA two car P.C.C. "Picture Window" on Beacon Street
Brookline-Cleveland Circle -- 381 Chestnut Street

Opened in the 1940s, the Cleveland Circle location eventually was converted into a Ground Round. In its 2000s guise it little resembled the HoJo's that it had been. From the street, only the roof line suggested that its original design may have been similar to the Canton, Mass. prototype, and likely featured a Dairy Bar on the left.

Kevin Carroll wrote that the MBTA shot was taken near the Cleveland Circle HoJo's. He added that the Restaurant was a Ground Round until last year, and that public transportation still uses the route shown in the 1966 photograph.

Photograph circa 1960s
Photographs 2002: Courtesy of Larry Nelson