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Mid-Century Modern: Motel & Hotel Chains (page 1)

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The first Imperial 400 Motel was built in Los Angeles in 1959. After that, this nationwide chain boasted of building a new location every ten days in its first year. The architectural firm of Palmer & Krisel was responsible for the building design. The Imperial 400 chain ran into financial trouble from overexpansion and were bought out in 1987. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

former Imperial 400 Motel
Albuquerque, NM
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Albuquerque now goes by the name of Imperial Inn Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel [gone]
Rockford, IL
former Imperial 400 Motel
Las Cruces, NM
former Imperial 400 Motel
Odessa, TX
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Rockford housed the Inn Town Motel when these photos were taken in 2006. By 2007, the building and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Las Cruces is now the Imperial Sky Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Odessa was built in 1963. The rooftop sign was there when it was still an Imperial 400. It is now known as the Imperial Inn Motel. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel [gone]
Vineland, NJ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Fresno, CA
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Vineland was last known as the Travel Inn. This photo is from 2012. The building was demolished in 2016.

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Fresno is now a Super 8. It was built in 1965. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Modesto, CA
former Imperial 400 Motel
Pico Rivera, CA
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Modesto has been here since at least 1965. It is now known as the El Capitan Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Pico Rivera is now known as the Angels Motel. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel [gone]
Kingman, AZ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Cortland, NY
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Kingman was known as the Imperial Motel when these photos were taken in 2006. By 2009, the motel and sign were gone.

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Cortland was known as the Imperial Motel when this photo was taken in 2010. It is now known as the Imperial 88 Motel. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Colorado Springs, CO
former Imperial 400 Motel
Valdosta, GA
The former Imperial 400 Motel in Colorado Springs now houses an Econolodge. [map]

The former Imperial 400 Motel in Valdosta is now a Budget Inn. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Willcox, AZ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Phoenix, AZ
This former Imperial 400 Motel in Willcox was known as the Arizona Sunset Motel in recent years. There was chain link fencing surrounding this property in 2012 when this photo was taken. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This former Imperial 400 Motel in Phoenix is now known as the Friendship Inn. It was built in 1960 and was one of the first four locations built for the chain. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Winslow, AZ
This former Imperial 400 Motel now houses the College View Apartments. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
San Diego, CA
former Imperial 400 Motel
San Diego, CA
former Imperial 400 Motel
Barstow, CA
The first Imperial 400 Motel in San Diego shown above is now simply the Imperial Motel. The pole sign has been reworked. For more, see this website. [map]

The second Imperial 400 Motel in San Diego shown above has been known as the Pacific Inn since at least 2007. For more, see this website. [map]

This Imperial 400 Motel in Barstow is now known as the Best Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

Imperial 400 Motel
Needles, CA
This Imperial 400 Motel is now known as the Imperial 400 Motor Inn. For more, see this website. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Cedar City, UT
former Imperial 400 Motel
Provo, UT
This former Imperial 400 Motel in Cedar City is now known as the Valu Inn. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Imperial 400 Motel in Provo is now named the Amenity Motor Inn. For more, see this website. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Richland, WA
former Imperial 400 Motel
Wenatchee, WA
This former Imperial 400 Motel in Richland now houses the Economy Inn. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Imperial 400 Motel in Wenatchee was built in 1962. The building now houses an Economy Inn. For more, see this website. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Yakima, WA
former Imperial 400 Motel
Moses Lake, WA
This former Imperial 400 Motel in Yakima was built in 1961. The building now houses an Econolodge. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Imperial 400 Motel in Moses Lake is now known as the Motel Imperial. [map]

former Imperial 400 Motel
Walla Walla, WA
former Imperial 400 Motel
Seattle, WA
This former Imperial 400 Motel in Walla Walla now houses a Motel 6. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Imperial 400 Motel in Seattle was built in 1962, in time for the World's Fair. The building has housed the Seattle Pacific Hotel since at least 2008. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

 

The first Astro Motel buildings were built in 1962. I believe the design is that of Frank Schneider. The chain had many locations in California, Arizona, Texas, and Utah by the early 1960s. The chain may have expanded to the Midwest since there is a surviving location in Hutchinson, KS (see below).

Astro Motel
Pasadena, CA

2013:

2017:
This Astro Motel was built in 1962 and has lots of original features. The canopy's boomerang support feature was part of the chain's earliest building design which was created by Neuman & Associates. I don't believe any other examples of this still exist. I don't believe any of the metal Astro Motel letters are still on public display either. In 2016, the motel was briefly known as a Knights Inn. It was then updated and reopened as the Astro Pasadena Hotel. [map]

former Astro Motel
Mojave, CA
former Astro Motel
Willcox, AZ
This former Astro Motel in Mojave has been known as the Best Motel since at least 2008. [map]

This former Astro Motel in Willcox has been known as the Sands Motel for many years. There was chain link fencing around the property when these photos were taken in 2012. Demolition seems likely. [map]

former Astro Motel
Winslow, AZ
This former Astro Motel is now known as the Motel 10. [map]

former Astro Motel
Kingman, AZ
2012: 2017:
This former Astro Motel is one of the best-preserved examples of the motel chain. It is now known as the Orchard Inn Motel. Before becoming the Orchard Inn, it was called the Friendship Inn Space Age Motel. The motel and sign were repainted around 2016. [map]

Astro Motel
Barstow, CA
Astro Motel
San Bernardino, CA
The Astro Motel in Barstow is now known as the Astro Budget Motel. For more, see this website. [map]

The Astro Motel in San Bernardino features an intact sign, zig-zag roofline, and extended canopy. [map]

former Astro Motel
Glendale, CA
former Astro Motel
Plainview, TX
This former Astro Motel in Glendale is now known as the Glen Capri Inn & Suites. The vintage sign is gone. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Astro Motel in Plainview now houses the Warrick Plaza Inn. [map]

former Astro Motel
Blythe, CA
former Astro Motel
Antioch, CA
This former Astro Motel in Blythe now houses the Solar City Inn & Suites. It was still an Astro Motel until at least 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This former Astro Motel in Antioch is now known as the Executive Inn. The sign was adapted. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Astro Motel
Cedar City, UT
former Astro Motel
Hutchinson, KS
This former Astro Motel housed the Best Travel Inn when this photo was taken in 2014. It is now a Rodeway Inn. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

This Astro Motel in Hutchinson is still operating with the original name. This is the only location that I know of that was built in the Midwest. There are several Astro Motels in Texas but I don't believe they were part of this chain. The signs and building styles do not match. [map]

former Astro Motel
Santa Rosa, CA
This former Astro Motel was built in 1963. In 2017, the motel was purchased and a thorough renovation is taking place. Rooms will feature vintage mid-century furniture and fixtures. The unique sign and circuit board inspired railings are new. The sign is topped with an anemometer which measures wind speed. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

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