Photo Courtesy of Guy Randall
On a portion of the original Route 66 in Monrovia stands the charming Aztec Hotel.
Located at 311 W. Foothill Boulevard, the restored hotel is on the National Register of
Historic Places. It was built in the '20s by colorful architect Robert Stacy-Judd whose
creations were inspired by Mayan and Aztec structures.
This was his first commissioned job in America. He had designed theaters with an
Egyptian theme in England. Some of his other creations include the First Baptist Church in
Ventura, the Masonic Temple in Tujunga and the Atwater Bungalows in Elysian Park.
Besides the beautiful lobby, banquet room and adjoining patio, the Aztec houses the
Elephant Bar and Restaurant. The atmosphere is casual and familiar amid an array of ornate
features. Brass railings and the stained glass provide color and class while a dozen
antique lighted ceiling fans spin in whisper-quiet motion from a single belt drive.