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Howard Johnson's
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For most of the 20th century, the orange roof of Howard Johnson's was a familiar sight along the great American roadside. By the 1970's, there were more Howard Johnson's Restaurants than McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's combined. Now there are only 2 still up and running. We're looking primarily for those that haven't been bulldozed, but instead have been re-purposed. And we'll take the locations that have been bulldozed, as well as the 2 remaining restaurants!
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Howard Deering Johnson was a struggling businessman in 1925 when he put a new twist on a favorite American treat, ice cream. Using his mother's recipe, he produced ice cream with a butterfat content far exceeding that of other brands. After a slow start, customers flocked to Johnson's stands at beaches along the Massachusetts shore, and Johnson kept adding new kinds of ice cream until he hit the now-familiar "28 Flavors."

It would be the roadside restaurant, however, that would propel Howard Johnson to fame and fortune. Johnson seemed to have a keen eye for what Americans liked, and was able to combine elements of various styles of roadside dining into one package that would be appealing to the greatest number of people.

For more on the history of HoJo's check out this site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Johnson's

Restaurants
Colonial House
— This was the first design for the restaurants. This pre and post World War II era design was modeled after the surrounding Colonial architecture of the company's home state of Massachusetts. The Howard Johnson's "Colonial House" design was made famous by the orange roof, which stood out against the other architecture of the surrounding New England area. Only a handful of restaurants, the majority being the original restaurants built by the company, used the "Colonial House" design.

Nims
— This was the second design for the restaurants. This mid to late 1950s era design would become the most famous and recognizable design due to the majority of the restaurants being built with this design. This design would continue for years to come. The name is credited to Rufus Nims, an architect who was chosen to design new Howard Johnson's restaurants that would not only reflect the changing times in America, but also the modernization of the Howard Johnson's company.

Concept 65
— This was the third design for the restaurants. This mid 1960s design would only be used in three new restaurants built circa 1965. The design was once again created to reflect the changing times in America, including the modernization of the Howard Johnson's company. The design was chosen for three busy locations for Howard Johnson's restaurants. The design played heavily off of the A-Frame designed structure of the gate lodge, which was the structure that housed the offices for the Howard Johnson's motor lodges. The design used wide open spaces to accommodate more guests than the "Colonial House" and "Nims" designs could.

T-Shape — This was the fourth design for the restaurants. This late 1960s design was created for the remodeling and expansion of the already built "Nims" designed restaurants at various busy locations, however only two of the "Nims" designed restaurants would actually be remodeled and expanded for this design. It was more or less a scaled down version of the "Concept 65" design, most notable was the shorter pitched A-Frame roof.

Mansard
— This was the fifth and final design for the restaurants. This early 1970s design was created once again to reflect the changing times in America, as well as the modernization of the Howard Johnson's company. The design was used only at a handful of the final Howard Johnson's restaurants to be built. It was created with a various rectangular or square design, but always topped with a Mansard roof. The design was primarily used to make the cost of constructing new restaurants as cheap and energy-efficient as possible. It was the least popular and least recognizable of the Howard Johnson's restaurant designs, for it lacked the charm and familiar feeling of the previous designs that guests had come to know over the years.

Gate Lodges
Ranch — This was the first design for the gate lodge. The design was created by both architects Rufus Nims and Karl Koch. It was used throughout the 1950s and 1960s.

A-Frame
— This was the second design for the gate lodge. It was also the most famous and recognizable of the gate lodge designs. It would be used throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The majority of the Howard Johnson's motor lodges used this design for their gate lodge.

Mansard — This was the third and last design for the gate lodge. Only a handful were created throughout the 1970s to reflect the architecture of the nearby "Mansard" designed Howard Johnson's restaurant.

All these different styles of buildings can be a bit confusing, especially if you haven't any architectural knowledge. Even so, they are the basis of this category's variables, but, they are optional. Like your parents, all we can ask is that you try your best.

To aid you in finding a Howard Johnson's Restaurant near you click on the Hojo's website here. Link

You'll also find some here as well, Link

Instructions for Posting a Howard Johnson's Waymark:
Please name your waymark: Howard Johnson's - "Architectural Style here, if known" - Town,State (or Province).
Any remaining Howard Johnson's Restaurants and/or Gate Lodges can be waymarked. Tell us what they're currently being used for. Due to popular demand we will also accept locations that now have something else there. Please be sure to provide evidence that there was once a Howard Johnson's there, ie: Weblink. Sorry No Hotels/Motels. Standard images, at least one shot wide enough to show the building & coordinates, please.
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Traditional Visiting Requirements. Take a shot of the restaurant and share your thoughts of your visit.
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This is the last Howard Johnson's restaurant in the US.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member LadyKarine

location: New York

date approved: 9/18/2019

last visited: never

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This Howard Johnson's is located on Route 66 in eastern Flagstaff.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member rjmcdonough1

location: Arizona

date approved: 9/7/2019

last visited: never

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I-87, exit 37

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member elyob

location: New York

date approved: 5/1/2019

last visited: never

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Located at 3205 E I 40, Amarillo, TX, this former Howard Johnson's is now the Amarillo Value Inn.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil

location: Texas

date approved: 12/28/2018

last visited: never

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Former Howard Johnson's restaurant adjacent to the still-active Howard Johnson Hotel in Windsor.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 5/7/2018

last visited: never

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This non-standard Howard Johnson's Restaurant operated as a HoJo's from 1978 to the mid-1990s.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Trail Blaisers

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 5/1/2018

last visited: 6/13/2018

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A classic Howard Johnson's lodge design now an American's Best Inn. I thought the ugly carport was a later addition but I see in an early photo it was always there.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache

location: Michigan

date approved: 1/1/2016

last visited: 1/20/2016

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Howard Johnson's formerly located at 2323 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee, FL.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member mTn_biKer65

location: Florida

date approved: 12/18/2014

last visited: never

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This former Howard Johnson’s was a classic Motor Lodge and Restaurant complex that opened in the summer of 1968.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK

location: South Carolina

date approved: 5/10/2014

last visited: never

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The waymark is located at 2 Southampton Road, southwest of the intersection of I-90 and US 202. The gate lodge is now part of an Econo Lodge motel.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member elyob

location: Massachusetts

date approved: 5/6/2014

last visited: never

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A former HoJo in Sacramento, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/2/2014

last visited: never

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HoJo's Fountain Park also known as Maingate East. Located at 5150 West US-192, (Irlo Bronson Highway), Kissemmee, Florida. Last used as a Mexican restuarant called 'El Agave'. This HoJo is now empty & vacant, once again waiting for a new owner.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 5/17/2013

last visited: 2/3/2014

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Orlando-Main Gate - 7600 US-192 West, Kissimmee, Florida. - Main Gate held a prime spot on U.S. 192 at its intersection with S.R. 545. The building now has shared owners - Sizzler & Westgate Resorts, Human Resource, Dept.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 5/16/2013

last visited: 11/5/2015

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Une petite halte dans Rigaud pour y manger et pourquoi pas y coucher

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member gemeloj

location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 2/15/2013

last visited: 12/1/2017

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Howard Johnson's Former Howard Johnson's - San Luis Obispo, CA

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A former HoJo in SLO.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/11/2013

last visited: never

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This former Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge / Restaurant combination is now the Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square and a JB's Restaurant in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky

location: Utah

date approved: 11/14/2012

last visited: 10/17/2014

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The Howard Johnson's Extended Stay hotel on historic Main Street (the old Bankhead Hwy) in Grand Prairie TX serves those fans going to nearby Cowboy's Stadium, the Texas Rangers Ballpark or Lone Star Park.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Texas

date approved: 10/15/2012

last visited: 5/22/2019

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Opened in 1966, and still in operation on northwest side of Warrenton.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Virginia

date approved: 3/26/2012

last visited: never

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The Howard Johnson's - Motor Lodge & Restaurant, in Manhattan, New York City opened in early 1960s and marked the beginning of a new era for the Howard Johnson Company.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member SUp3rFM & Cruella

location: New York

date approved: 10/12/2011

last visited: 4/5/2014

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Short lived as a HoJo's in the 1960's, the location has been Westside Inn for a long time.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Tennessee

date approved: 4/29/2011

last visited: never

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This former HoJo's restuarant is now a Mexican Restaurant at 4765 Federal Blvd in Denver, Colorado.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

location: Colorado

date approved: 4/26/2011

last visited: 4/24/2011

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This former Howard Johnson's restaurant is now a Famous Dave's BBQ. It is located on 16th Avenue NW in Rochester, Minnesota. You can see the trademark HoJo orange paint peeking through on the roof line.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Siren Hunter

location: Minnesota

date approved: 2/22/2011

last visited: 2/13/2013

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Howard Johnson's Former Mill Valley Howard Johnson - Mill Valley, CA

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A former Mill Valley location.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/11/2011

last visited: 8/16/2013

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Howard Johnson's former location in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kameniev

location: New Mexico

date approved: 10/28/2010

last visited: 5/3/2017

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Former Howards Johnson's location in Albuquerque, New Mexico

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member kameniev

location: New Mexico

date approved: 10/27/2010

last visited: 12/28/2018

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