California Mid-Century Modern Motels & Hotels (page 1)

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Moon Dome [gone]
Anaheim, CA
former Bahia Motel [gone]
Anaheim, CA
The Moon Dome pool-side restrooms were part of Stovall's Inn of Tomorrow (now Best Western Stovall's Inn) which opened in 1965. This was one of the rare traces of space-age motel architecture left in Anaheim. The structure was demolished in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Bahia Motel was built in 1961. It had been the Covered Wagon Motel for many years. It was demolished in 2023. For more, see this website.

Howard Johnson Motor Lodge
Anaheim, CA
The Howard Johnson Motor Lodge was designed by William L. Pereira and built in 1965. It was the first location built on the West Coast. The first photo above shows the lobby building while the second photo shows the motel rooms. The classic Howard Johnson orange-roofed restaurant was demolished in 2000. For more, see this website. [map]

Villa Sur Motel
Calexico, CA
The Villa Sur Motel had been built by 1963. It may have been designed by Armet & Davis. For more, see this website. [map]

Manchester Motel
Fresno, CA
The Manchester Motel was designed by Armet & Davis and opened in 1962. The attached coffee shop housed later housed the Almond Tree. It now houses La Enchilada. For more, see this website. [map]

Cine Lodge
Hollywood, CA
The Howard's Weekly Apartments Cine Lodge was built in 1962. The building now houses a Motel 6. Although the Howard's name imitated the orange font of Howard Johnson's, there doesn't seem to be any connection. For more, see this website. [map]

Village Inn
Lompoc, CA
The Village Inn was built around 1962. By the 1990s, it was known as the Spaceport Inn. It later became a Days Inn. More recently, it was known as the White Oaks Hotel. The motel was sold in 2019 and is being remodeled as the Village Inn. A replica sign was installed in 2022. For more, see this website. [map]

City Center Motel
Long Beach, CA


The City Center Motel was designed by David Clark and built in 1961. It was closed and boarded up in 2022. It is being renovated as a boutique hotel. The "Motel" letters have been removed from the building. For more, see this website. [map]

SeaPort Marina Hotel [gone]
Long Beach, CA
2013: 2015:
The SeaPort Marina Hotel was built from 1961-1963 as the Edgewater Inn Marina Hotel. It was designed by Roy Sealey. The hotel featured 200 rooms, three restaurants, two cocktail lounges, a ballroom, banquet facilities, meetings rooms and a salon. The hotel and the Shore Ultra Lounge nightclub closed in 2017 and were demolished later that year. The neon anchor sign was saved by the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, CA. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.