The La Crescenta Motel — formerly named the May-Lane Motel — has a long history in the city of La Crescenta. Then- property owner Glen Hine built the motel in about 1946. Hine grew up in Indiana and moved to the west coast after serving as an aircraft mechanic in World War I. He and his wife, Theresa, built a home in Glendale prior to purchasing the La Crescenta land, where they built the hotel, according to “May Lane Motel,” a family history written by the couple’s son, Maynard Hine. The motel was named after Maynard and his sister, Alane Hine Vinson.
Glen Hine never completed his vision for the property, which would have included a 1950s diner at the corner of the lot. After Hine’s death, in 1964, his family continued to run the motel for about 40 years. Theresa Hine lived there until her death in 1994, when she was 95 years old. When Maynard determined the business was taking too much time away from his young family, he turned the motel over to his sister, according to his writings.