Apr 08 2015

The Motor Parkway Toll Collection Structures: The Elusive #13 & #14 Huntington Lodges in Melville

Going west to east, the 13th and 14th Motor Parkway toll collection structures was the Huntington Lodge, located 300-feet east of Broad Hollow Road and south of the Motor Parkway.  Confusingly, the Huntington Lodge was located in Melville and much closer to Farmingdale than Huntington.

The first Huntington Lodge was opened on May 9, 1911, soon after the Broad Hollow Motor Parkway Bridge was completed. The "lodge" was simply a ticket booth, similar to the kiosks seen on Nassau Boulevard (Fresh Meadows), Jericho Turnpike (Mineola) and Washington Avenue (Brentwood).

A new Huntington Lodge with living quarters  was built by contractor Benjamin Haab in 1922. According to my favorite co-author Al Velocci in his book The Toll Lodges of the Long Island Motor Parkway, and Their Gatekeepers' Lives: "Haab was paid $2,144 for an eighteen by thirty one-story, four-room structure designed after the Mineola Lodge. It was on the south side of the Parkway roughly three hundred feet east of Broad Hollow Road, and within the hundred foot right of way. Haab also built an eight by ten extension on the Lodge's north side to serve as an office, with a double-width porte-cochere attached.".

Unfortunately, there are no known photos of either of the Huntington Lodges. The above photo was the Mineola Lodge built by the same contractor with the same design as the Huntington Lodge. If any images surface, please email them to me at Howard@Kroplick.com .



The Huntington Lodge (Kiosk)- 1911 to 1922

The first Huntington Lodge was a ticket booth kiosk similar to the "Brentwood Lodge".

The Huntington Lodge (1922-1938)

As seen in the Motor Parkway Atlas, the Huntington Lodge was located on  the former 69.02 acre farm of John Mann which was pruchased by the Motor Parkway.

Rather than build a lodge from scratch with a design from the now famous architect John Russell Pope, the Motor Parkway chose to purchase a pre-cut four room bungalow for the Mineola Lodge. According to my favorite co-author Al Velocci in his book "The Toll Lodges of the Motor Parkway, and Their Gatekeepers' Lives", the bungalow was ordered from Aladdin Redi-Cut Houses of Bay City, Michigan. Unlike the Russell lodges, the bungalow offered a single floor with a kitchen, dining alcove, living room, two bedrooms and space for a bathroom. The Ronkonkona Lodge and Huntington Lodge were based on the Mineola Lodge,When the Huntington Lodge was built on site in 1921, the new lodge had no electricity, no indoor toilet facilities and no central heating.

Although there is still no known photo of the Huntington Lodge, the design was the same as the Mineola Lodge seen here in 1929.

October 6, 1928 Aerial

A blurry view of the Huntington Lodge.

1930 Aerial

The Motor Parkway in Old Bethpage and Melville can be seen in the middle of this aerial.

A close-up of the Broad Hollow Road Bridge. Note the entrance to the Huntington Lodge just below the parkway. Unfortunately, the Huntington Lodge is just a black dot.

1935 Image

View looking north down Broad Hollow Road in Melville. The sign on the bridge points to the parkway entrance at the Huntington Lodge.

1950 Aerial

Broad Hollow Road can be seen on the far right. Let's take a closer look.

Another blurry view of the Huntington Lodge.

Current Views

Check out  Wayne Consolla's online Motor Parkway map to find the location of the Huntington Lodge.


Apr 11 2015 S. Berliner, III 11:10 PM

Give a guy a break!  I know the Mineola Lodge when I see it!  Once I read on, all came clear, but you gave me quite a start at the start.  Sam, III

Apr 11 2015 brian d mccarthy 11:35 PM

Hello everyone. Probably not news to anyone, but it appears that if the lodge stil existed; it would be in the rear parking lot of #555 Broadhollow Rd ( 2 large buildings ). According to Historic Aerials, it looks like the lodge was intact in 1966. But the 2 existing buildings that are present show up in 1980.

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