The Watchtower

The Watchtower (HMQHJ)

Location: Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023 Coconino County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 2.626', W 111° 49.553'

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Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter

Build a structure that provides the widest possible view of Grand Canyon yet harmonizes with its setting: this was architect Mary Colter's goal when the Fred Harvey Company hired her in 1930 to design a gift shop and rest area here at Desert View. Colter's answer was the Watchtower.

A perfectionist, Colter scrutinized every detail, down to the placement of nearly every stone. Each stone was handpicked for size and appearance. Weathered faces were left untouched to give the tower an ancient look. With a lavish, highly publicized dedication ceremony, the Watchtower opened in May 1933.

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
For almost 50 years, Mary Colter designed structures and interiors throughout the Southwest for the Fred Harvey Company. Six of her works can be seen at Grand Canyon: Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge, Lookout Studio, Hermits Rest, Phantom Ranch, and the Watchtower.
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HM NumberHMQHJ
Series This marker is part of the National Historic Landmarks series
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Placed ByNational Park Service
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 10:46am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 425605 N 3989118
Decimal Degrees36.04376667, -111.82588333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 2.626', W 111° 49.553'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 2' 37.56" N, 111° 49' 33.18" W
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Area Code(s)928
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6145 Desert View, Grand Canyon Village AZ 86023, US
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