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Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest

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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 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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Rod Zemke
Apr 11, 2015 Rod Zemke rated it really liked it
A great read after visiting the Grand Canyon and staying at Angel Fire, one of the lodges she designed. It was fun to find out that she started her life in St. Paul and taught high school many years before pursuing her second career/act.
Sep 11, 2016 Patricia rated it really liked it
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
Apr 24, 2016 Anne rated it it was amazing
Fascinating woman architect, whose philosophy and talents are given way too little attention even today.
May 14, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone traveling to southwest U.S.
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
Michael Delaney
Jun 07, 2016 Michael Delaney rated it really liked it
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What a fascinating woman!
Apr 30, 2013 Lance rated it liked it
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.
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