Aztec Hotel

The Aztec Hotel is a historical landmark building in Monrovia, in the San Gabriel Valley, California. The Hotel is one of the outstanding examples of Mayan Revival architecture still in existence. It was designed by architect Robert Stacy-Judd, and built on the legendary original U.S. Route 66 in 1924.

This was Stacy-Judd's first commissioned job in America. He had designed theaters with an Egyptian theme in England. Robert Stacy-Judd focused on designing the facades and furniture, incorporated abstract patterns that were loosely inspired by Maya hieroglyphs. The revivalist style was popular during the 1920s-30s, an abstraction from Maya architecture sources with art deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture influences. Besides the beautiful lobby, banquet room and adjoining patio, the Aztec houses the Mayan Bar and Grill (Brass Elephant). Some of his other creations include the First Baptist Church in Ventura, the Masonic Temple in Tujunga, and the Atwater Bungalows in Elysian Park.

The style
The other architect known for working in the style was Frank Lloyd Wright. In Los Angeles his Hollyhock House, Ennis House, and Millard House ( La Miniatura) are examples. The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo was a zenith of the style. His son, the landsacape architect and architect Lloyd Wright designed the John Sowden House in the style also.

The Aztec Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. It continues to the present day in serving the public.