Thursday, January 7, 2016

Signature Inn Kokomo, Indiana

aerial imagery courtesy of Bing maps
map graphic courtesy of at
Signature Inn built five hotels in 1985, four of them in Indiana.  Three were built in the vicinity of the Indianapolis beltway; this one was built in Kokomo off of what was at the time, US 31.  Interestingly, this appears to the only property that doesn't have an interstate in the vicinity (the closest is 30 miles away).
the front of the building
the building's canopy
Like the other Indiana hotels built in 1985, this hotel had 101 rooms.  I don't know if the enclosed pool was original to the hotel...neither nor the property records were much help.
looking toward the pool enclosure
Not mentioned in my History Part Two post, but something I stumbled upon while doing some fine-tuning research for this article is that this appears to be another hotel that kept the Signature Inn into the Jameson era.

Though the hotel appears on the Jameson Inns website until 2011, property records show the hotel being transferred to another owner in April 2007 and then again in January 2011.  A Google search on the address turns up the names Best Western and Ramada Inn, along with its current name, Garden Inn.  It's the only still-surviving location that is no longer affiliated with a national brand.
the rear of the building

This is one of a handful of hotels that still retains its original Signature Inn look.
a drive-by shot of the building

sources for this post include the Howard County, Indiana, auditor's website, imagery found on, archived at, archived at, and imagery found through Google Maps and Bing Maps.

Photographs not accredited in their captions were taken by me.  These and additional photos can be found here: Formerly Signature Inn by Ryan on Flickr

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