Mary Colter

Architect of the Southwest

Arnold Berke

This book is available in a Paperback edition

     10 × 8 in (25.4 × 20.3 cm)
320 pages
80 color illustrations, 120 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 11/1/2001
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781568982953

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 profession during the late 19th century; the creation of a building and interior style drawn from regional history and landscape; and the exploitation, largely at the hands of the railroads, of the American Southwest for leisure travel.

Arnold Berke is senior editor at Preservation/The National Trust for Historic Preservation and lives in Washington, D.C.

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