Robert Stacy-Judd (1884-1975): Aztec Hotel, Monrovia, Calif.


Architect Robert Stacy-Judd designed the Aztec Hotel in Monrovia, Cailf., in the Mayan Revival style of architecture. As an early proponent of the Mayan Revival style, Stacy-Judd promoted the Aztec Hotel as the first commercial structure to be designed in this distinctive style. The hotel was built along Route 66, with cast concrete architectural features with "Mayan" motifs along the front facade. It included private hotel rooms (with private baths), shops, apartments, and a restaurant with attached outdoor patio at the back of the hotel.


Robert Stacy-Judd (1884-1975), architect


Robert Stacy-Judd papers, Architecture and Design Collection. Art, Design & Architecture Museum; University of California, Santa Barbara.




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Aztec Hotel: Exterior presentation board
Colored pencil on board rendering of exterior view of hotel. This presentation board shows the view of the front entrance of the hotel, with shops on either side. The asymmetrical "Mayan" stonework is shown above the entrance, and the sage green…

Aztec Hotel: Exterior presentation board, side view
Colored pencil rendering of exterior side view of hotel on board. This view shows the corner of Foothill Boulevard (old Route 66), and Magnolia Avenue. It features "Mayan" decorative motifs on the corner, and along the side of the building. The view…

Aztec Hotel: Interior presentation board
Colored pencil on board. Rendering of interior of lobby; this shows the original design from August 1924. This presentation board displays the full color effect that Stacy-Judd was trying to achieve with his "Mayan Revival" style. The fireplace is on…

Aztec Hotel: Lobby looking west
Photograph of interior of lobby looking towards the fireplace with the front desk to the right-hand side. Cast concrete was used for the "Mayan" forms around the doorways and fireplace. Stacy-Judd painted the murals on the walls and designed the…

Aztec Hotel: Lobby looking east
Black and white photograph of the lobby looking towards the east. The front desk is on the left, with the entrance to the lobby on the right. The stairway on the far left leads to the outdoor patio area for the restaurant. "Mayan" themed furniture…

Aztec Hotel: Front desk
This image depicts the front desk in the lobby of the hotel. The "Mayan" themed furniture and the wall accents (including the drinking fountain) were designed by Stacy-Judd. The short staircase led to the private dining rooms for the restaurant.

Aztec Hotel: First floor plan
The original floor plan for the first floor of the hotel. Stores, barber shop, and coffee shop are along the bottom of the image. The lobby and dining room for the restaurant are in the center. In the upper right-hand corner are four one-room…

Aztec Hotel: Exterior elevation drawings
This original drawing depicts each of the four main elevations: west, north, east, and south. The main entrance facade (south elevation) contains the majority of the cast concrete decorative elements. The west elevation shows the pergola and patio…

Aztec Hotel: Lobby elevation drawings
This is a scale drawing of the north and south walls of the Aztec Hotel lobby. The north wall features the detail work on the staircase to the second floor, doorways leading to the restaurant dining rooms, and the front desk. The south elevation…

Aztec Hotel: Exterior photograph with cars
The black and white photograph shows the front facade of the hotel, with 1920s era automobiles. The caption at the bottom of the photograph: "First structure ever erected utilizing Ancient Maya Art Motifs throughout."
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