Brochure circa 1970s: Courtesy of Dan Donahue
York, Pennsylvania -- 222 Arsenal Rd (U.S. 30)
Built in 1962, York was one of several Howard Johnson's complexes that were strategically strung across southern Pennsylvania to serve tourists and locals alike. Moreover the Motor Lodge was among the earliest to have been built in HoJo's fully realized standard style that came to represent the best in highway lodging design.
Postcard circa 1970s

Photographs courtesy of Bob Venditti
Photographs 2005: Courtesy of Jack Sheppard
Perched on a hill behind and above the Restaurant, the Gate Lodge would have been a welcoming sight for weary travelers with its Orange Roof Gleaming both day and night!

Above: While the Gate Lodge managed to survive into the middle 2000s, it had ceased serving its intended purpose and was resting unused. Remarkably intact with patches of Orange Roof "bleeding" through, the signature A-frame Gate Lodge served for a time as a nail and tanning salon.
Below & Lower: Views from above show how the property's buildings were laid out along I-83's cloverleaf providing maximum visibility of the attractively designed facility to motorists. Like most HoJo's complexes of the era, York was spread out over a large parcel of property and took advantage of the local topography to enhance being noticed. Excellently sited at a busy Interstate interchange with the Lincoln Highway, the facility was assured to have a steady stream of patrons. Note that blue tarp served as temporary roof protection after weather damaged parts of the former Motor Lodge in the middle 2000s.
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By the 1980s the York Restaurant had become a Company owned location and in 1984-'85 was converted into the short lived Deli Baker Ice Cream Maker concept along with several other Pennsylvania locations. Upon its conversion, the Restaurant lost its cupola and Dairy Bar (see Lancaster for a vintage view). Marriott likely disposed of the property not long after its purchase of Howard Johnson's as the unit did not survive into the FAI era.

Upon Bob Venditti's visit to York he noted that the former Restaurant operating as the Round the Clock Diner had more business than its large parking lot could handle.

Photograph 2006: Courtesy of Bob Venditti