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For the demolished motel on Route 66, see Aztec Motel.
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Aztec Hotel
Aztec Hotel.jpg
Part of the facade of the hotel
Location 311 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia, California
Built 1924
Architect Robert Stacy-Judd
Architectural style Mayan Revival
NRHP reference No. 78000691
Added to NRHP May 22, 1978

The Aztec Hotel is a historical landmark building in Monrovia, in the San Gabriel Valley, California. The hotel is an example of Mayan Revival architecture still in existence. It was designed by architect Robert Stacy-Judd, and built on U.S. Route 66 in 1925-26. The hotel was closed for renovations in 2012. As of October 2014, the renovations were on-going.

The hotel has a revivalist style that mixes an abstraction from Maya architecture sources along with art deco and Spanish Colonial Revival architecture.

The Aztec Hotel was designated a National Historic Landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The hotel's owners began restoration to preserve as much of the original ornamentation as possible in 2000 under the National Park Service's Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program. Kathie Reece-McNeill undertook a renovation of the Aztec Hotel between 2000-2005. She utilized funds and expertise provided by the State of California Office of Historic Preservation and the National Route 66 Foundation. Project Manager Glen Duncan and Historic Architect Joe Catalano worked on the renovation.

The hotel was featured in the 2009 romantic comedy Spooner. Scenes were filmed in front of the hotel as well as many interior scenes showing the lobby, bar, hallways and inside one of the rooms.

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Further reading
  • Gebhard, David and Peres, Anthony. Robert Stacy-Judd: Maya Architecture and the Creation of a New Style. Capra Press. 1993.
  • Ingle, Marjorie I. The Mayan Revival Style: Art Deco Mayan Fantasy. University of New Mexico Press. 1989.
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