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Next time you are in the Grand Canyon National Park, don?t forget to visit the iconic Mary Jane Colter Buildings, a series of four structures that adorn the park grounds. These buildings are Hopi House, Hermit?s Rest, Lookout Studio, and the Desert View Watchower. Built in periods between 1904 and 1931, these four buildings were collectively declared as National Historic Landmarks in 1987.

The buildings were named after and built by architect Mary Jane Colter. The Hopi House is a large sandstone structure constructed like a Hopi Pueblo edifice. The Hermit?s Rest, located west of Hopi House, was constructed in 1913 as a pit stop for park goers. It now functions as a small refreshment stand and gift shop. The Lookout Studio is a small stone structure built around the canyon?s edge to serve as a natural-looking ?lookout?. Lastly, the Desert Watchtower is a 70-foot stone building at the South Rim which houses a small gift shop and observation deck.
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