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Mary Colter

Mary Colter

Architect of the Southwest
Princeton Architectural Press

By Arnold Berke,Color photographs by Alexander Vertikoff


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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 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.

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Size: 10 x 8 in;
Pages: 320 pp;
80 color and 120 B/W photographs
Format: Paperback
Publication: March 2002
ISBN: 9781568983455
ISBN10: 156898345X
Arnold Berke is Senior Editor, Preservation/The National Trust for Historic Preservation and lives in Washington D.C.

Alexander Vertikoff is the cover photographer for American Bungalow and lives in Sedillo, New Mexico.