Lobby card circa 1980s
Washington, Pennsylvania -- 1370 W Chestnut St (U.S. 40)

A crossroads of major highways no doubt attracted Howard Johnson's to Washington. Located in the southwestern part of the Keystone State and south of Pittsburgh, the Washington HoJo's Restaurant was opened in 1955 convenient to the Washington Motel with its thirty-three units each featuring private tile showers.

Filling the need for consistent and quality lodging along the Nation's rapidly expanding Interstate Highway System, a Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge was perched behind the Washington Restaurant and opened in 1962.


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Photographs 2003: Courtesy of Phil Edwards
Washington's Motor Lodge remained a Howard Johnson's until 1988 and likely operated as an independent before becoming a Days Inn in the 1990s. The Restaurant was apparently demolished and a Bob Evan's came to occupy its former spot.

Although Washington's signature A-frame Gate Lodge lost its references to Howard Johnson's it at least was spared from being squared off.

Below: Note the original Trapezoid sign which had been recycled to serve as a reader board for the former Motor Lodge.

Photographs courtesy of Bob Venditti