Mid-Century Modern Buildings: Astro Motels

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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


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. The building was still vacant in 2021. 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. For more, see this website. [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 was known as the Glen Capri Inn & Suites for many years. The vintage sign was gone by then. In 2017, the building began housing the Hotel Xilo Glendale. 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 housed the Solar City Inn & Suites in 2015. It was still an Astro Motel until at least 2010. By 2019, the building was housing a Motel 6. The Astro Motel sign is gone. 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
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. The vertical plastic panel on this sign has been busted out since around 2019. [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]

More Astro Motel Buildings:
Longview, TX [map]

If you know of any other surviving buildings, I'd love to add them to the list.

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