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Mary Colter: Builder Upon the Red Earth
An architect for the Santa Fe Railway and the Fred Harvey Company, Colter laid the groundwork for female architects who followed. Seven of her remarkable structures are preserved in Grand Canyon's historic district. This is her story.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 13th 2007 by Grand Canyon Association
(first published June 1992)
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This book describes the career of Mary Colter (1869-1968), an architect, designer, and decorator for the Fred Harvey Company, which built hotels, restaurants, and other facilities to accommodate passengers on the Santa Fe Railway. A number of her projects are still standing, including several at the Grand Canyon. I bought this book there on a visit in—I'm embarrassed to say—1999. Of course I've always meant to read it, but the books on my shelves often get set aside in favor of those I get from ...more
We were recently at the Grand Canyon, where I purchased this book, having become interested in Mary Colter after admiring some of her captivating architectural work along the South Rim. I don't generally lean toward a taste for Santa Fe or Rustic styles of architecture and design, but there is something about her work that speaks with a very unique and very arresting and interesting voice. By most accounts she was not a very easy person to work with, (and it couldn't have been easy for her to wo ...more
I purchased this book several years ago when we visited the Grand Canyon. We're going back in September & we're staying at the Bright Angel Lodge. I wanted to read this book to have a more comprehensive picture of this amazing architect. By reading this book I'm now excited about going to the Lodge & looking for some of her contributions. The book is interesting for anyone interested in railroads, the Southwest, the Grand Canyon or architecture.
My son bought this for me as a souvenir from his Grand Canyon filed trip. I finally got around to reading it and am so glad I did. I found it to be very interesting and made me want to visit the Grand Canyon to check out what's left of her buildings. It also made me wish I could have seen it during the heyday of the Fred Harvey company. The description of the Harvey Girls was really fascinating.