The Carlton Motor Lodge, via Google Street View.
The evolution of a community can often be acknowledged through the types of businesses along its main streets. Simple buildings from its days as an unpretentious neighborhood or small town often give way to more elaborate and ostentatious facades as the surrounding area gentrifies and grows more wealthy.
In the same way, accommodations evolve, demonstrating the area’s change from rural outpost to suburban bedroom community. Mom-and-pop auto courts from one-highway days develop into chain or upscale inns, or perhaps even disappear altogether, as high-end restaurants or boutiques take their place.
Hollywood at Play, by Donovan Brandt, Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester is now on sale.