Grantmoor Motor Lodge, Newington, CT

This was one of the grandest motels of the many that used to line the Berlin Turnpike, a popular destination for automobile tourism. The Turnpike, today a little down on its luck, has an interesting 20th century history, which can be read here.

Built in 1959, the Grantmoor extends far across a long site, its zigzag roofline visible to passing tourists. In the 1960s, the hotel built a separate banquet wing with a swooping roof, which still exists as a Shriner Hall.

 

 

 

The whole site today evokes a forlorn state and it’s unclear how long the Grantmoor will last with continued encroachment of big box stores along the turnpike.

 

 

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