Blank’s Pleasant Ridge Motel, Petoskey Michigan

This establishment is an excellent example of the earlier designs typical of rural motels in mid-century America. This combines both typical motel room accommodations with stand-alone cabins for more privacy and isolation.

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The description states:


3 Miles North of Petoskey on U. S. 31. Seven Modern Housekeeping Cabins, Fourteen Rustic Motel Units, Hot Water, Oil Heat, Gas Cooking. Near Good Eating Places and America’s Most Exclusive Summer Shopping Center. Hay Fever and Asthma Relief. B. D. Blank, R. R. 2, Petoskey, Mich, Ph. DI-7-7512

–Heating was provide by fuel oil, and cooking likely by propane gas tanks associated with each cabin and room. The reference to asthma and hay fever was related to places which promoted a more pollen and allergen free environment for sufferers of these diseases.

The establishment no longer exists, but there is a obituary of the wife of the proprietor, Lenora Blank. She and her husband operated the business during the warm months for 18 years. This photo likely dates from the 1950s.

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