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Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest
Mary Colter may well be the best-known unknown architect in the world: her buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park-which include Lookout Tower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and many others-are admired by almost five million visitors a year. This extraordinary book about an extraordinary woman weaves together three stories-the remarkable career of a woman in a man's ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 27th 2002 by Princeton Architectural Press
(first published November 1st 2001)
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Berke gives sympathetic and enlightening attention to the voracious learner, talented architect and designer, and deservedly better-known Colter. He helpfully sets her work in the context of American architectural thinking of her time and in the history of National Park architecture. The book is also fascinating about how Colter worked with Navahos and Hopis, with sensitivity to both positive and problematic aspects. Best of all, the books is loaded with photos, including many of her buildings a ...more
After a recent visit to the Grand Canyon and La Posada Hotel in Winslow, AZ , I had to learn more about Mary Colter. This book fit the bill. It provides an account of Colter's early years (a significant portion of which was spent in St Paul, MN), her post-high school education, and finally her association with the Fred Harvey Company, where, as an architect, she designed & decorated some awesome buildings that have come to symbolize the American Southwest. The book is full of great photograp ...more
This book follow her life and work. I found the pictures of buildings, interiors and art very interesting. Some one who is interested in architecture or the history of Santa Fe RR, Grand Canyon, Fred Harvey Comp. (Harvey Girls, and South West Indian art will find this book intersting.