Aztec Motel


Phyllis Evans� |� dates unknown� |� Albuquerque, NM

Embellished environment� ed |� Created 1994

Along Historic Route 66 and all of the great old neon motel signs, there is one particular motel that caught my attention…the Aztec Motel.� Not only is the signage eye-popping, but the motel itself is a work of art.� Built in 1931, it is the oldest surviving Route 66 motel in New Mexico.� It changed ownership over the years until in 1991 Mohamed Natha bought the building.� A Michigan State University professor, Phyllis Evans, was living there at the time, and in 1994 began to� decorate the exterior as a retirement project.� She covered the buildings with tiles, paintings, crosses and musical instruments.� Outside the rooms are small altar-like tables with candles and various objects d� arte.