in 1939 just in time for New York's first World's Fair, Lynbrook
was a classic neo-colonial. The unit survived for nearly forty years
despite the hardships imposed by WWII, the oil shortages of the
early 1970s, and several economic cycles. However it did not survive
the tragic fire seen in the carefully restored photographs reproduced
on this page.
for the citizenry of Lynbrook, strong demand by them for Howard
Johnson's justified a restaurant in the area. In the process of
building the new location, the Company announced that the unit would
serve as a new prototype for the chain!
Forced to abandon their meals, patrons and curious onlookers observed
Volunteer Fire Department in action--alas despite the firefighter's
valiant efforts the grand neo-colonial was lost.