27 Apr 576 Columbia Turnpike
Mount Vernon Motel (now Americas Best Value Inn)
c. 1950, Mount Vernon Motel.
2019 Note: This Mount Vernon-themed motel opened next door to a now-demolished Howard Johnson’s (580 Columbia Turnpike). As Justin Gunther wrote in his article, “Mount Vernon: An Architectural Identity,” in the Fall 2006 issue of the SCA Journal, this was a common practice between the late 1940 and early 1950s, as motel owners associated their brands with the popular restaurants. Taking note, Howard Johnson’s opened its first branded motor lodge in 1954 in Savannah, Georgia.