Mary Colter

Mary Colter

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (1869–1958) was an American architect and designer employed by the Fred Harvey Company for 30 years. She created a series of landmark hotels and commercial lodges through the southwest. She designed the “Painted Desert” exhibit, which was built by the Santa Fe Railway, for the Panama-California Exposition, with the help of Herman Schweitzer, superintendent of the curio and promotional service for the railway.

…adapted from Wikipedia and the book The San Diego World’s Fairs and Southwestern Memory, 1880-1940 by Matthew F. Bokovoy