Monday, December 14, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Abbey Hotel / Abbey Victoria Hotel - New York, New York

Abbey Hotel - New York, New York

51st Street East of 7th Avenue
New York City
CIrcle 6-9400
Accommodates 1000 guests - All rooms with bath - many air conditioned - Radios - TV. Circulating ice water in each room.

Lumitone Photoprint

Abbey Hotel - New York, New York 

51st Street East of 7th Avenue
New York 19, N.Y.
Accommodating 1000 guests - Modern Rooms - Television - Air conditioning available - Home of Famous Stockholm Restaurant.

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Abbey Victoria Hotel - New York, New York
 

7th Avenue at 51st Street
New York, N.Y. 10019
1000 Modern Rooms and Suites - Garage and Parking Facilities - In Radio City and Rockefeller Center Area - Home of the famous Stockholm Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge.
Entirely Air-Conditioned

Writing on the back:
Dated 9/29/67
We dined at this beautiful spot last evening, lots of good things to eat. The Abbey V. is very good having a wonderful time. Hope you are too.
Love, Alice & Phil

STATUS: The Abbey was torn down in 1982. Here's a brief article in the New York Times about the demise of the Abbey.

After 55 Years; R.I.P. Abbey

Published: June 27, 1982

It was the Abbey Victoria Hotel, then the Abbey and Victoria Hotels and, later, back again. In recent years it was simply the ''Shabby Abbey.'' Now it is being demolished to make way for the expansion of the headquarters of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States.

Spokesmen for the company, a major owner of Manhattan properties, said plans for the new office tower were not complete yet. It will run from 51st to 52d Street on Seventh Avenue, behind the present 42-story headquarters building at 1285 Avenue of the Americas. That tower was completed 20 years ago as an pioneer project in the avenue's redevelopment.

The hotel was built in 1927 and was divided into the Abbey and Victoria Hotels for the World's Fair in 1939. It stood as a house divided for years, but merged in 1966 to share mechanical and operating costs.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

48 States Motel - Saint Albans, West Virginia


Seven miles West of Charleston, West Virginia on U.S. Route #60
Clean, Comfortable and Modern
21 inch TV and 4 season heat pump. Air conditioners on every room.
Mailing Address, 6204 MacCorckle Ave. Saint Albans, W.Va.
Reasonable Rates

W.E. Bollinger & Sons, Charleston 2, W.Va.
C-18772

STATUS: It is now known as the Jefferson Motel. The sign and the great Coke machine are gone.

1200 Beacon Street Hotel - Brookline, Massachusetts



Corner St. Paul Street
Brookline 46, Mass.
BEacon 2-7979
Greater Boston's finest Motor Hotel. 170 beautiful rooms - Garage under. Television and radio included in rate. Air conditioned throughout. Attractive Dining Room, Lounge Bars and Coffee Shop. Located less than two miles from downtown Boston.

Status: GONE - A Holiday Inn is at this location.

100 Lakes Motor Court - Winter Haven, Florida

Highway 17
Winter Haven, Florida
36 units - completely air conditioned - TV - heated swimming pool - your host, Ben Gumer - telephone CY 3-8213

Mailed from Bradenton, Florida to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Taylor of Scottland, Illinois on February 24, 1957:

Sarasota, Fl.
Dear Folks,
Every thing fine. Have stayed here 2 nights. At Sarasota Gardens. Leaving Sun. Hope to get home by Tuesday.
Love, Rena

Dennis Hallinan, Cypress Gardens, FL
Dexter Press
92976

STATUS: Unknown. I cannot find any information on the exact location.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama

Holiday Inn Anniston-Oxford - Oxford, Alabama

On Interstate 20 Where "U.S. 431 & Ala. 21 meet U.S. 78" 
Swimming Pool - Air-conditioned - Restaurant - Free TV - Free Holidex Reservations



1965 Guide Description and map


Notes:

A fairly standard early 1960s Holiday Inn design. The postcard shows the Great Sign, the exterior layout, cars in the parking lot,  a restaurant (not sure the name-can't find it anywhere) and a very early photocropping job of the sky. You can see it in the lines on the tress and the majestic splendor of nature's blurs.

The card is from a few years before the guide based on the cars.

Now:

The property went through a few changes, but I am pretty sure that this is the location. The exterior was painted, the Holiday Inn signage on the building gone and the sign has the all the marking of the 80s Holiday Inn signs that replaced the GREAT sign. The property fell on hard times and became, at one point, Oxford Inn and Suites.

Here's an aerial photograph dated January 7, 2004. (thanks to Google Earth) It's difficult to tell if it is still a Holiday Inn or not. It has the trade mark lay-out.


A 2008 Google Maps street view of the Oxford Inn and Suites:



An undated, but probably 2012 aerial photo of the property being torn down



The final aerial view taken on November 28, 2012 shows only the outline of the motel



The final street view from 2014 shows that there's an empty field and a Bojangles on the current site.There is a newer Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites just down 431 on Colonial Drive.




Monday, March 30, 2015

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

Midway Motor Lodge - La Crosse, Wisconsin

On the Black River
1835 Rose St. La Crosse, Wisconsin
A tinted, plexiglass bubble dome covers the indoor recreation area of the La Crosse Midway Motor Lodge. Surrounded by guest rooms, the area features a swimming pool, saunas, sun lamp canopy, ping pong and billiards. The lodge features a Hoffman House Restaurant, show lounge and complete meeting and banquet facilities. A Best Western property.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Blue Mountain Hotel and Skeet Club - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Situated in Fishing Creek Valley, in the Mountains of Pennsylvania, yet only fifteen minutes drive from the heart of downtown Harrisburg, this beautiful and modern hotel provides quiet and comfort, combines with convenience, at a location which is at an address of distinction.
Catering to Banquets, Wedding Receptions, Private Parties, and Business Meetings. Rooms have carpeted floors, tile bath and shower. Blue Room free for ladies' card parties.
FAMOUS FOR FINE FOOD
Phones CE-91239 - CE-49040
Harrisburg, Pa.
Yours for a successful evening
W.M. Hollinger - Pres.

Blue Mountain Hotel and Restaurant - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania


Taken by W.M. Hollinger and son, Franklin, at Point Barrow, Alaska. Approximate weight 1200 pounds. World's Record Class. On exhibit at Blue Mountain Restaurant and Hotel, Harrisburg, Pa.

Photographed by Shuey, Brown's Studio, Harrisburg, Pa.
J.A. Sticker Co. Harrisburg, Pa.
C-13319

Blue Mountain Hotel and Restaurant - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Taken by W.M. Hollinger and son, Franklin, at Point Barrow, Alaska. Approximate weight 1500 pounds. World's Record Class. On exhibit at Blue Mountain Restaurant and Hotel, Harrisburg, Pa.

1982 by Bill Bard Associates
A Superchrome Color Product
140949


Monte Cristo Court & Restaurant - Grenada, Mississippi

Monte Cristo Court & Restaurant - Grenada, Mississippi

24 hours service - 45 rooms - 45 baths - 45 phones - 100% air conditioned - Highway 51 - Grenada, Miss. None Finer.

Monte Cristo Motor Court Dining Room - Grenada, Mississippi

One of the South's most beautiful dining rooms. Seats 150 people. Monte Cristo Motor Court and Restaurant, Highway 51 South, Grenada, Miss. Member Quality Courts United, Inc. AAA and Duncan Hines.