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Author Colter, Mary Elizabeth Jane, 1869-1958, author.

Title Manual for Drivers and Guides : Descriptive of the Indian Watchtower at Desert View and its Relation, Architecturally, to the Prehistoric Ruins of the Southwest / by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, Architect of the Watchtower.

Publication Info. Grand Canyon, Arizona : Grand Canyon Association, 2015.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  917.91 COL    AVAILABLE
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Description viii, [2], 104 pages : color photographs ; 23 cm
Note The Watchtower at Desert View is a National Historic Landmark open to the public. It reflects Mary Colter's important work over the first four decades of the 20th century. It is located at 36°02'39"N, 111°49'34"W in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Summary From the back cover: "Dear boys ..." was the salutation of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in her Manual for Drivers and Guides, written for the men who drove tourists out to the Watchtower at Desert View on the East Rim of Grand Canyon in the 1930s. Mary Colter was chief architect and interior designer for the Fred Harvey Company [sic] through the first four decades of the 20th century. Grand Canyon National Park still boasts the greatest collection of her buildings in the country. The Manual, now back in print, was Colter's response to questions about the sweeping 360-degree view from the 70-foot-tall Watchtower. Before its construction, she spent six months investigating archaeology sites in the Four Corners region. Back at the Canyon, Colter closely supervised the astounding re-creation of an ancient stone tower rising from the rim rock. In the pages of the Manual, we gain a rare glimpse in her own words of what inspired each masterful stoke of her design. Today, visitors to the Desert View Watchtower can appreciate the perfection Mary Jane Colter demanded, view murals painted by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie on the interior walls, and admire one of her signature creations.
Original Version Originally published without illustrations in 1933 by Fred Harvey (firm). This version is in the public domain, as there is no copyright notice in the document. A version with photographs (color photographs reproduced as monochrome) in 2005 by Grand Canyon National Park. This version is a government publication per 17 USC ? 101 and is therefore in the public domain per 17 USC ? 105.
Subject Kabotie, Fred.
Historic sites -- Arizona.
Historic buildings -- Arizona.
Architects -- United States.
Women architects -- 20th century.
Building designers.
Architects and builders.
Architecture -- Aesthetics.
Architectural design -- Southwest, New.
Decoration and ornament, Architectural.
Hopi mural painting and decoration.
Hopi painting -- 20th century.
Watchtower at Desert View (Ariz.)
Interpretation of cultural and natural resources.
National parks and reserves -- Interpretive programs.
Grand Canyon National Park (Ariz.) -- Guidebooks.
Arizona -- Antiquities.
Arizona -- History, Local.
Added Author Balsom, Janet R. National Park Service, Grand Canyon National Park, author. Forward
Fred Harvey (Firm)
Grand Canyon Association, Creator.
Cover Title Indian Watchtower manual
ISBN 9781934656723
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