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 the Lookout Tower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, and many others--are admired by almost five million visitors a year. In addition to creating the "National Park Service Rustic" style, as it came to be known, Colter, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, is also remembered as designer of three classic hotels: El Navajo (Gallup, NM), La Posada (Winslow, AZ), and Painted Desert Inn (Painted Desert, AZ), where Colter called on Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Mexican motifs.

See more about Colter in our Hall of Fame, here.

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And about the Mary Jane Colter Award, named in her honor.

Named for 2009 Honoree Mary Jane Colter, this award distinguishes those women who create, design, build, and interpret the traditions of the American West.

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