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Grand Canyon Hopi House 0073

Grand Canyon National Park's Hopi House (1905) is a large, multi-story building of stone masonry, shaped and built like a Hopi pueblo. Originally designed to house the main salesrooms for Fred Harvey Indian Arts, Colter designed the building, set directly across from El Tovar Hotel, to resemble a Hopi dwelling, after those at Oraibi, Arizona. Initially, Hopi House was an actual dwelling: some of the Hopis who worked in the building lived on the upper floors..

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The historic Hopi House, located right on the rim of the Grand Canyon, has been featuring authentic Native American arts and handcrafts for over 100 years, along with many other gifts for the whole family. Visit this beautiful building that Mary Colter designed after the ancient Hopi village at Oraibi, and take home a unique gift..

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The Hopi House is rectangular in plan, and the multiple roofs are stepped at various levels giving the building the impression of pueblo architecture. The sandstone walls are reddish in color, and tiny windows, like those of true Hopi structures, allow only the smallest amount of light into the building. On the interior, the floor finish on the first story is concrete. Most of the rooms have the typical ceiling of the Hopi style: saplings, grasses, and twigs with a mud coating on top, resting on peeled log beams. Corner fireplaces, small niches in the walls, and a mud-plaster wall finish, typical of Hopi interiors, are also character defining features. NPS photo by Michael Quinn

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Taken on August 4, 2006