Monday, March 27, 2017

Vacancy


There is an exhibit at the Missouri History Museum about old Route 66. You know the tune, sung here by our own Chuck Berry. It has been superseded by Interstates 44 and 55 in this part of the country but technically still exists. 

It is well known locally for the string of small independent motels along what is now Watson Road in the inner suburbs. A few are still there but the most famous - or infamous - the Coral Courts, is long gone. It was known for its unique art deco architecture, enclosed garages and short term rates, making it St. Louis' quintessential no-tell motel. Even the New York Times took notice.                 

6 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

So wonderful! So much history and stories! ;)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Well if I was going to participate in 'old fashioned sin' 😀 it would have to be in an Art Deco motel Bob 😀😀

RedPat said...

The old motel, strip along the lakeshore here has disappeared too and is now lined with condo towers. Sad.

William Kendall said...

It looks like someone's used the sign for target practice!

bill burke said...

What a great vintage sign.

Sharon Anck said...

I remember childhood vacations driving on Route 66 before the interstates took over. I even remember a TV show called Route 66. All my classmates had a crush on George Maharis. I on the other hand had a crush on the quiet one, Martin Milner. But, what I loved the most was that gorgeous Corvette.