Kansas City-Central
 -- 610 Washington St.
Probably dating from the 1960s, Central was built as a seven story 185 room Hilton. The facility was converted into a Howard Johnson's in about 1982 and retained the brand past the middle 1990s. It did not offer a Howard Johnson's Restaurant and the property would have been an extreme disappointment for patrons seeking a HoJo's experience. The building was likely demolished in the late 1990s or early 2000s and a parking lot occupies its site.
Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue
1984 AAA Tourbook, pg. A49: Kummerlowe Archive

Brochure ca. 1960s: Dan Donahue
Kansas City-Downtown -- 5 East 6th Trafficway
Converted into the KC-Downtown HJ in about 1981, the site had once been the highly regarded Prom Sheraton Motor Inn. A mid-rise, it conveniently offered 244 guest rooms in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Like nearby Central, Downtown would not have pleased HoJo's fans. Moreover it probably did not feature a Howard Johnson's Restaurant although it did offer a 24 hour eatery of some type (thanks Dan!). The converted unit only flew the HJ flag until about 1985. The once classic Sheraton was eventually razed and a parking lot occupies its former site.
Lobby card ca.1981: Dan Donahue

Postcard ca. 1970s: Scott Sargent
Kansas City-Southwest -- 12381 W 95th Street
Lenexa, Kansas

A modern classic-style Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex, Lenexa or KC-Southwest was opened in 1972. It boasted 112 guest rooms, banquet facilities for 350, a lighted tennis court, playground, putting green, heated indoor swimming pool, saunas, whirlpool, and a doomed tropically themed recreation area. The facility apparently featured an A-frame or T-type vaulted ceiling Restaurant along with a Mansard lobby similar to the arrangement at Mercer. Note that the Motor Lodge ceased being a Howard Johnson's in 1991, and that the entire complex had been razed by the 2000s--a Kohl's dominates the former HoJo's site.

Above: The original architectural rendering used for the postcard did not show the doomed recreation area, but instead a modest outdoor pool.


Brochure ca. 1970s: Dan Donahue
Cape Girardeau
 --I-55 @ SR K

Opened in about 1974, Cape Girardeau offered 82 guest rooms two swimming pools (one indoor and heated), a whirlpool, and for a fee four tennis courts and two racquetball courts.

Fully modern, the site employed a Mansard facade. However the complex was apparently razed and its layout and style are not fully known.


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