Mary Colter, Architect of the Southwest

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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Mary Colter may well be the best-known unknown architect in the world: her buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park--which include the Lookout Tower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and many others--are admired by almost five million visitors a year. In addition to creating the "National Park Service Rustic" style, as it came to be known, Colter, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, is also remembered as designer of three classic hotels: El Navajo (Gallup, NM), La Posada (Winslow, AZ), and Painted Desert Inn (Painted Desert, AZ), where Colter called on Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Mexican motifs.
  

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Fame is coming belatedly to American architect and designer Mary Colter (1869-1958), and this illustrated volume is the most detailed study of her career to date. If her name is not well known, her ... Read full review

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Contents

Drawn by the Desert An Incomprehensible Woman in Pants
7
The Early Years and the American Arts and Crafts
23
Colter Meets Harvey
39
The Grand Canyon Period
83
Hotel Architect
127
Return to Grand Canyon
187
Serving the Traveler
227
The Colter Legacy After Me Cometh a Builder
275
Notes
293
Bibliography
310
Illustration Credits
314
Index
315
Acknowledgments
320
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Arnold Berke is Senior Editor, Preservation/The National Trust for Hidtoric Preservation. He lives in Washington D. C.

Vertikoff's award-winning images have appeared on every cover of American Bungalow magazine and dozens of other covers.

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