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Elmsford, New York -- 290 Tarrytown Rd
AKA White Plains

Most likely opened during 1962, the Elmsford complex was featured in a series of television commercials during the late 1960s when Howard Johnson's was promoting its Captain's Platter. The hillside setting allowed the Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge & Restaurant complex to enjoy excellent visibility before foliage overgrew the site.

Following its existence as a Howard Johnson's, the Motor Lodge was walled off and became the 104-unit Westhab Family Center in Elmsford (a homeless shelter for families).

Howard Johnson's television commercial circa 1960s
Postcard circa 1960s
Photographs 2005: Jack Thomas
Above: Through the trees behind the former Restaurant a bit of the Motor Lodge was evident--a section of original balcony railing can be seen in the background.
While the former Restaurant may have been reused as a pizza parlor, it later was utilized by the Greenburgh Public Library (note the books on shelves visible through the former Restaurant's Dairy Bar windows).
Photographs 2001: Charles Hampshire
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Above: Westhab's Family Center is closed and the site was prepped for demolition (note that the Gate Lodge looked to have been little altered and was still topped with its finned cupola and lamplighter weathervane).

Below: Both the Motor Lodge and Restaurant were demolished by the end of the 2000s.


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