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"A Woman by Design" Highlights the Life and Architecture of Mary Colter

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The inside of the Desert View Watchtower on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

You may not have heard of the architect Mary Colter. But if you’ve traveled around the American West, you might have seen or been inside some of her buildings. Colter worked with a company called Fred Harvey that constructed hotels and other buildings along railways in the west between the turn of the 20th century and the 1930s. A few of her notable works include Hermit’s Rest and the Desert View Watchtower in Grand Canyon National Park, and La Posada Hotel in Winslow, Arizona.

A theatre production in Bluff on Saturday, called "A Woman By Design" will portray the life of Mary Colter. Phoenix-based actor Elizabeth Ware will star in the one-woman performance. Ware joined KSJD's Austin Cope live on Morning Edition on Friday morning. 

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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