Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest

Mary Colter may well be the best-known unknown architect in the world: her buildings at the Grand Canyon National Park--which include Lookout Tower, Hopi House, Bright Angel Lodge and many others--are admired by almost five million visitors a year.

This extraordinary book about an extraordinary woman weaves together three stories:  the remarkable career of a woman in a man's profession during the late 19th century; the creation of a building and interior style drawn from regional history and landscape; and the exploitation, largely at the hands of the railroads, of the American Southwest for leisure travel.