A traveler to Grand Canyon National Park, including the Hopi House, Hermit’s Rest, Lookout Studio and the Watchtower, will have seen the work of Mary Colter. Her architectural work has been recognized in the Mary Jane Colter National Landmark District in “recognition of their exceptional value to the nation.” Eleven of Mary’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and four are listed as National Historic Landmarks. How did a woman in 1901 rise and become so recognized in a male-dominated building industry? Bill Harrison will talk about Mary Colter’s forty-seven year career with twenty-one completed major construction projects. She had to be tough, outspoken, stubborn and tenacious.
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