Inside Downtown: The Mayan

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The Mayan, Aurora

The Mayan at 77 S. Stolp Ave. is the former BPO Elk’s Club Building. It is the only Mayan-inspired building in Aurora.

 

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Recently purchased by Karademas Management, the former Elks Building was renovated into 29 apartments. The first tenants moved into the building in October 2016.

 

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Built in 1926, the Zimmerman, Saxe and Zimmerman design is one of the few examples of the use of Mayan Revival in the United States.

 

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Original windows face the northern alley that also lacks the Mayan details in the front. The front is adorned with clinker brick, an irregular brick that adds to its unique look.

 

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The Mayan sits on the northwest corner of Benton and Stolp along the Fox River adjacent to the vacant Conservatory building.

 

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An outdoor speaker system was installed during the recent renovation for communication with tenants.

 

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Historic mosaic tile welcomes visitors in the main foyer off of Stolp Avenue. It remains for now, but could be replaced.

 

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An old, metal radiator vent cover features art deco details.

 

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Green painters tape on an emergency phone hints to the recent renovation in a hallway.

 

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New ceramic tile and canvases of Mayan images brighten up a hallway leading to apartments.

 

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Architect James Michael Vanderheyden explains the low, tiered ceiling, which hides the building’s internals.

 

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Preserved from the ballroom, an art deco ceiling remains outside of one of the largest apartments in The Mayan.

 

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One of the apartments features two-stories and a real wood banister.

 

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Ellen Mueller with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau stands in one of the loft apartments.

 

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A two-story loft apartment looks out over Stolp Avenue.

 

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Oak details are featured in several apartments in The Mayan.

 

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Designer Fernando Castrejon explains the look of the apartments. Each apartment is unique in its own way and features stainless steel appliances including a dishwasher and microwave. 

 

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Three different back splashes are featured throughout the building.

 

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Mary Clark Ormond with the Aurora Historical Society looks out from a two-story loft.

 

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The former ballroom is now several apartments in The Mayan.

 

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An original sconce was preserved from the old Elks building and is now used in a hallway in The Mayan.

 

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The Mayan features studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and lofts. The apartment complex is pet-friendly.

 

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The Mayan features showers only and no bath tubs.

 

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A view out of an apartment window shows Leland Tower, another building owned by Karademas Management.

 

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A balcony view out to the Fox River.

 

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Art deco etched glass remains on the first floor in an area currently under construction. As the Elks Lodge, the building acted as a hotel for visiting Elks members. It included multiple bars, two dining areas, a ballroom, and a bowling alley in the basement.

 

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A view into the first-floor future restaurant shows off ornate columns.

 

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Six balconies face the Fox River at the rear of The Mayan.