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Lilly's Auto Camp, 8877 Monterey Highway, Gilroy, Santa Clara County, CA



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Location
8877 Monterey Highway, Gilroy, CA

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS CA-2094
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-105).
Building/structure dates: 1927 initial construction
Structure associated with motor touring.

Significance: Forerunner of the modern motel, the "cabin camp" first appeared in California in the mid-1920s. This one -- located on what was then the main automobile route between San Francisco and Los Angeles -- was operated by Allen and Alice Lilly from about 1927 until 1932. Each of fifteen cabins was sparsely furnished with a double bed, table, one or two chairs, metered gas stove, and small toilet. Showers were located in a small building to the north. A separate building to the north -- now substantially altered -- served as a combination office, grocery store, restaurant, and filling station.

Subjects
Apartment Houses
Tourist Camps & Hostels


Related Names
Lilly, Allen
Lilly, Alice


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. NORTHEAST FRONT OF OFFICE FACING HIGHWAY
2. OFFICE, LOOKING WEST
3. CABINS, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
4. CABINS, LOOKING EAST
5. TYPICAL CABIN AND CARPORT UNIT, LOOKING SOUTHEAST
6. SHOWER BUILDING AND CHICKEN HOUSE, LOOKING WEST


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