Grand Canyon National Park in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
Hopi House opened on January 1, 1905, the first Grand Canyon work of architect Mary Colter. To complement El Tovar, their new hotel, the Fred Harvey Company commissioned Colter to design a building to display and sell Indian arts and crafts. Colter designed Hopi House to resemble a true Indian dwelling, modeling it after structures in the Hopi village of Old Oraibi.
When it opened, Hopi House contained sales areas and a museum. Upper floors housed Hopi families who worked here. Visitors could observe artisans at work, and in the evening experience traditional song and dance on the patio.
Hopi House was designed to blend commercial needs with a human and natural setting, an architectural concept then new in the Southwest.
[Inset] Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
For almost 50 years, Mary Colter designed structures and interiors throughout the Southwest for the Fred Harvey Company. She advanced a new architectural style - simpler designs that incorporated the Southwestern heritage she loved. She was a pioneer, succeeding in a man's field at a time when professional women were not widely accepted.
Six of Mary Colter's works may be seen at Grand Canyon; Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, Hermit's Rest, Desert View Watchtower, and Phantom Ranch.
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 36° 3.473′ N, 112° 8.219′ W. Marker is in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, in Coconino County. Click for map. Markers are about 50 feet west of Hopi House, off Village Loop Drive in Grand Canyon Village. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Canyon AZ 86023, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Hopi House (a few steps from this marker); El Tovar Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Verkamp's Curios (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Santa Fe Depot (about 400 feet away); CCC Legacy (about 600 feet away); Trans-Canyon Telephone Line (about 700 feet away); Bright Angel Lodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lookout Studio (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Canyon National Park.
Also see . . .
1. Hopi House National Register Nomination. (Submitted on January 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Mary Colter Photo Index. (Submitted on January 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Mary Colter, Architect of the Southwest. (Submitted on January 5, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce • Native Americans •
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