Mary Coulter (1870-1958)
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Mary Colter, died in 1958 at age of 88. A contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright, she created the Fred Harvey Hotels for the Santa Fe Railroad and Grand Canyon thus putting the American Southwest on the map. She also decorated the extraordinary exteriors of train stations in Chicago and St. Louis and Los Angeles.
Colter used Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and Mexican motifs. Some of her work, including the interiors, is now being preserved and restored. There's La Posada Hotel in Winslow, where rooms are named for old time movie stars, including the Clark Gable Sleeping Quarters and the Carole Lombard Room (Lombard said to have spent her last night there). NPR's Susan Stamberg presents a two-part series celebrating the life work of architect Mary Colter.
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