Thursday, July 7, 2011

Kayann Motel & Apts. Then and Now

Here's a nice vintage postcard of the stately Kayann Motel and Apartments on East Erie Avenue.

The complex first showed up in the Lorain Telephone Book in 1957 as the Kayann Apartments Hotel. Here's the ad, with their unique 'motorist' hotel designation.

By 1960, the name had changed slightly, to the Kayann Motel & Apartments. For a look at their 1963 ad along with their competitors, click here.
It was only in the last few years that I noticed that the words 'motorist motel' was taken down from both of their matching signs. The place is still in business as an apartment house, however, and looks very much the same as it did when it opened.

It's nice to know that the place is still in business, although they apparently no longer beckon to tired, cross-country motorists on US 6 as a place to spend the night.

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