Postcard circa 1973: Courtesy of Phil Edwards
Knoxville-North, Tennessee -- 118 Merchants Dr
Opened in about 1973, the Knoxville-North complex was built immediately adjacent to I-75 for maximum visibility. Its combined Lobby, Restaurant and meeting room building was fronted with an exaggerated Orange Roof Mansard and HJ stonework. Passing motorists could not have missed all of the Orange or the large enclosed pool structure that was built behind the Restaurant. It was quite the place in its heyday!
Brochure circa 1970s
Dig the groovy 1970s people in the lobby -- especially the man who looks to be sporting very fashionable velour pants!

Aquatic Center . . .
The thermal pane glass keeps the temperature at 75 degrees and heat lamps are arranged so the swimmer can warm up immediately after leaving the water. During the summer months, the walls and part of the roof can be opened, and there's plenty of deck space outside.

Howard Johnson's - Knoxville North - The Hub of East Tennessee's Fabulous Vacation Area!
We provide a variety of activities to make your stay as pleasant and relaxing as possible, whether you are here on business or just to have fun.

The pool area is carpeted for comfort and safety. A tropical atmosphere has been created with plants, rocks and waterfalls - especially nice when everything is cold and gray outdoors. There is also a refreshing hydro-therapy pool to relax you.

Children will enjoy our innovative playground, and we have a game room with ping - pong for the whole family.

Spacious Accommodations . . .
Howard Johnson's guest rooms provide the maximum in comfort and privacy. Extra long beds, color T.V., wall - to - wall carpeting, combination tub and shower, telephones, dressing area and individually controlled heating and air conditioning. These outstanding accommodations are luxuriously set into decorator interiors with appealing color schemes and attractive appointments.


Brunch Time -- Lunch Time -- Dinner Time ...
... your Howard Johnson's (North) Restaurant offers a mouth watering menu including everything from a quick snack to a sumptuous steak dinner -- plus, of course, a full selection of famous flavors Howard Johnson's ice creams and Dairy Bar for extra fast service and fountain specialties.

A Relaxed Atmosphere . . .
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rounds out your stay in our plush and cheerful lounge. Enjoy an intimate cocktail and hors d'oeuvres. You will enjoy meeting your friends in this setting of fun and elegance -- in "THE NOOK."