Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
(1869 - 1958)
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter was active/lived in Arizona, New Mexico. Mary Colter is known for southwest motif design and architecture.
Biography Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter
Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (April 4, 1869 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - January 8, 1958) was an American architect and designer.
As a child, Mary Colter traveled with her family through frontier Minnesota, Colorado and Texas in the years after the American Civil War. After her father died in 1886, Colter attended the California School of Design in San Francisco. In 1901, the Fred Harvey Company (of the famous Harvey Houses) offered her the job of decorating the Alvarado Hotel in Albuquerque. Colter began working full-time for the company in 1910, moving from interior designer to architect.
For the next thirty years, working as one of few female architects and in rugged conditions, Colter completed 21 projects for Fred Harvey. She
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