Mayan Revival Architecture

The Mayan Revival is a modern architectural movement (mainly of the 1920s and 1930s)

This movement took inspiration from the architecture and iconography of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures.

Aztec Hotel

Monrovia, California USA 1924

Architect Robert Stacy-Judd

Built on the legendary  U.S. Route 66

Aztec Hotel.jpg
By Flickr user Living in Monrovia  CC BY-SA 2.0

Monrovia Historic Aztec Hotel (3162)

Mayan Theater

Los Angeles 1927

Facade, Mayan Theater, Los Angeles.jpg
By DowntowngalOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Mayan Theater Los Angeles California.jpg
By Carol M. Highsmith – Library of Congress online, Public Domain,

Aztec ruins were well known long before the 1920’s

Mayan archaeological discoveries were fresh.

Ennis House

Los Angeles, California USA 1923-1924

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Private House

Ennis House front view 2005.jpg
By Mike Dillon – CC BY-SA 3.0

The design is based on ancient Mayan temples

The Ennis House is a fine example of the Mayan Revival architecture

The house appears in numerous famous music videos and movies such as Black Rain or Blade Runner just to name a few.

In the following video you can see more of the Ennis House:

Storer House

Los Angeles 1923

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Storer House, Hollywood Boulevard.JPG
By Los AngelesOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Millard House

Los Angeles 1923

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

Millard House, Pasadena.JPG
By Los AngelesOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Hollyhock House

Los Angeles 1919-1921

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

First steps into this style

Hollyhock Southwest terrace detail HABS CAL,19-LOSAN,28-3.jpg
By Marvin Rand, Photographer – Library of CongressCAL,19-LOSAN,28-3

Hollyhock House.JPG
By SfoskettOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0


A. D. German Warehouse

Richland Center, Wisconsin 1921

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

ADG 2.jpg
By NomadseiferOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

John Sowden House

Los Angeles 1926

Architect: Lloyd Wright (son of Frank Lloyd Wright)

John Sowden House, Los Angeles.JPG
By Los AngelesOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0

 Imperial Hotel

Tokyo 1919-1923

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright

The building was damaged during the Kanto earthquake in 1923 and during the WWII.
Demolished in the 60’s

Imperial Hotel Wright House.jpg
By Unknown – , Public Domain

Film Center Building

New York City 1928-1929

 Architect: Ely Jacques Kahn

Film Center lobby jeh.jpg
By Jim.hendersonOwn work, CC0



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