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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
Rockford, IL
Imperial Inn Motel
Albuquerque, NM
Very little has changed with the Imperial 400 Motels in Rockford and Albuquerque.

former
Imperial 400 Motel
Las Cruces, NM
former Imperial 400 Motel
Vineland, NJ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Fresno, CA

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

The Imperial 400 Motel in Vineland is now known as the Travel Inn.

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

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

The Imperial 400 Motel in Pico Rivera is now known as the Angels Motel.

former Imperial 400 Motel
Kingman, AZ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Cortland, NY
The Kingman and Cortland Imperial 400 Motels are now known simply as Imperial Motels.

former Imperial 400 Motel
Colorado Springs, NY
former Imperial 400 Motel
Valdosta, GA
The Imperial 400 Motel in Colorado Springs now houses an Econolodge.

The Imperial 400 Motel in Valdosta is now a Budget Inn.

former Imperial 400 Motel
Willcox, AZ
former Imperial 400 Motel
Phoenix, AZ
This 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.

This 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.

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

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

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

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.

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

former Astro Motel
Willcox, AZ
former Astro Motel
Kingman, AZ
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. I would guess demolition was far more likely than restoration.

The former Astro Motel in Kingman 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 called the Friendship Inn Space Age Motel.

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.

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

Astro Motel
Pasadena, CA
This Astro Motel has lots of original features.

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

former Astro Motel
Cedar City, UT
This former Astro Motel now houses the Best Travel Inn. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Astro Motels:
Santa Rosa, CA [map]

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