Although the architectural designer for the Hopi House, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, Desert View Watchtower, and the Bright Angel Lodge that was to later define the rustic architecture for future National Park lodges, Colter served as the interior designer for the El Tovar Hotel that was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey with whom she had previously worked on the Alvarado.
The recently renovated elegant 78 room El Tovar situated at the end of a railroad line is a massive stone, log and shingle structure teetering a mere 25 feet from the canyon’s precipice. Victorian influences can be seen amidst the rustic sophistication of this grand wilderness lodge. For instance, the exposed dark log walls and beams, mounted elk heads, and southwestern art and rugs found throughout the lobby, gift shop, gourmet dining room and lounge located on the main level are juxtaposed with crisp white linen, fine china, turrets and a wide wrap around veranda equipped with peeled log railings and rows of welcoming Adirondack chairs overlooking the canyon. Originally planned as luxury accommodations, with room prices as high as $425 a night, it remains one the country’s premier hotels.
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