Tuesday, March 22, 2005

WINSLOW, AZ--Even on a great day, this has to be our #1 recommendation: go see La Posada Hotel in Winslow. Mary Jane Coulter, chief architect and designer for Fred Harvey, regarded this as her finest project. That she achieved this position in 1910 is pretty special, considering that women didn't even get the right to vote until 1920. Built to give the feeling of an old hacienda that had been converted to a hotel, there are wonderful public spaces and an attention to detail in every aspect that reflects Coulter's pride. The place is open for self-guided tours to anybody. The room rates range from $89 to $129.

Visit the above link if you have time. To quote from the website:
La Posada was designed by Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, chief architect and designer for the Fred Harvey Company from 1905 until her retirement in the 1950's. Colter is famous for her magnificent buildings at the Grand Canyon - but she considered La Posada her masterpiece. La Posada was her only complete commission; the only project for which she was able to design or select everything from the structures to the landscape, furniture, maids costumes and dinner china. Many people consider this to be the most important and most beautiful building in the Southwest.

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