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Aztec Hotel, Monrovia, California When it opened in 1925, the Aztec Hotel was not only the most ornate hotel in Monrovia, it was also the first attempt to apply the principles of Mayan art and architecture to modern American buildings. In 1931, the realignment of Route 66 bypassed the Aztec Hotel. Although its lifespan on a commissioned Route 66 alignment was brief, the hotel remains a popular icon on the route.  It is now one of only a few remaining Mayan styled buildings in the country.

Aztec Hotel, Monrovia, California When it opened in 1925, the Aztec Hotel was not only the most ornate hotel in Monrovia, it was also the first attempt to apply the principles of Mayan art and architecture to modern American buildings. In 1931, the realignment of Route 66 bypassed the Aztec Hotel. Although its lifespan on a commissioned Route 66 alignment was brief, the hotel remains a popular icon on the route. It is now one of only a few remaining Mayan styled buildings in the country.

The Howard Motor Company Building is at 1285 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA.  It is currently vacant and closed to the public, but is easy to view from public right of ways.

The Howard Motor Company Building is at 1285 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA. It is currently vacant and closed to the public, but is easy to view from public right of ways.

The Rialto Theatre is one of a dwindling handful of Pasadena’s grand theatres from the early 20th century.  Fortunately, it is also one of the best preserved. The Rialto Theatre is at 1019-1023 Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena, CA.  It ceased regular movie showings some years ago, and now hosts only special events or screenings.

The Rialto Theatre is one of a dwindling handful of Pasadena’s grand theatres from the early 20th century. Fortunately, it is also one of the best preserved. The Rialto Theatre is at 1019-1023 Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena, CA. It ceased regular movie showings some years ago, and now hosts only special events or screenings.

1AOK took over the old Key Club location in 2014. It is located on a the corner of Sunset and North Weatherly Drive that was once home to legendary Gazzari's, which launched the careers of many a rock star from the 1960s to 1993. After being damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the old building was demolished. The new club opened in 1996 as Billboard Live, and changed names to the Key Club in 1998.

The Sunset Strip - A Rockin' History and Current Photo Tour

1AOK took over the old Key Club location in 2014. It is located on a the corner of Sunset and North Weatherly Drive that was once home to legendary Gazzari's, which launched the careers of many a rock star from the 1960s to 1993. After being damaged in the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the old building was demolished. The new club opened in 1996 as Billboard Live, and changed names to the Key Club in 1998.

The Bekins Storage Co.Sign is a rooftop sign at 511 South Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, CA. The original Bekins sign used light bulbs to spell "STANDARD FIREPROOF STORAGE CO," the same year that Route 66 was routed past the building.  In 1929, its owner replaced the bulbs with neon and the text became "BEKINS STORAGE CO." Now A-American, the sign is Pasadena’s only pre-war example of the once-popular massive projecting roof signs designed to attract customers in automobiles.

The Bekins Storage Co.Sign is a rooftop sign at 511 South Fair Oaks Ave. in Pasadena, CA. The original Bekins sign used light bulbs to spell "STANDARD FIREPROOF STORAGE CO," the same year that Route 66 was routed past the building. In 1929, its owner replaced the bulbs with neon and the text became "BEKINS STORAGE CO." Now A-American, the sign is Pasadena’s only pre-war example of the once-popular massive projecting roof signs designed to attract customers in automobiles.

Los Angeles Guide: Food, Hikes, Free Attractions, Museums & Shopping

Los Angeles Guide: Food, Hikes, Free Attractions, Museums & Shopping

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Dusk at the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California. Links to NPS Route 66 site. | Karol Franks via Flickr

Dusk at the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena, California. Links to NPS Route 66 site. | Karol Franks via Flickr

A horse appears to pull a Roman chariot with the Philadelphia Toboggan company's logo on the Grand Ole Carousel at Six Flags St. Louis. (© Bette Sue Gray, via carousels.org)

A horse appears to pull a Roman chariot with the Philadelphia Toboggan company's logo on the Grand Ole Carousel at Six Flags St. Louis. (© Bette Sue Gray, via carousels.org)

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