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Grand Canyon National Park: Sunrise from Lookout Studio 3457 | by Grand Canyon NPS
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Grand Canyon National Park: Sunrise from Lookout Studio 3457

Sunday morning, February 23, 2014. Lookout Studio turns 100 years old this year and was designed by Architect Mary Colter.


In keeping with her style of architecture, Lookout Studio was carefully designed with native stone and an irregular roof line to blend into the rim of the Grand Canyon. On the porch of Lookout Studio was a high power telescope, now on display in the History Room of the Bright Angel Lodge.


At Lookout Studio, visitors could view the features of the Grand Canyon and watch mule riders descending into the Canyon. Like Hopi House, it was designed to imitate the stone dwellings of the Pueblo Indians of the southwest. The chimney was made of irregular stones, which allowed soil and debris to collect between the cracks. Plants found a niche for growing, which further blended the building into its surroundings. A lounge was inside the studio with a fireplace and an art room where postcards and artwork were for sale. NPS Photo by Michael Quinn.

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Taken on February 23, 2014