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Document Type:   Thesis
Title:   Mary Colter: Southwestern Architect and Innovator of Indigenous Style
Author:   Carissa Ann Massey
College:   Fine Arts
Degree Program:   Art, M.A.
Degree:   Master of Arts
Committee Director:   Dr. Beverly Twitchell Marchant
Document Availability:   Document available for World-Wide access.
Date of Defense:   04/24/2003

Mary Colter was an architect who contributed to the regional styles of the American Southwest. Her methods and habits, both as collector and creator, set her apart from her contemporaries as an individual who fervently valued indigenous art and culture. She thoroughly researched Southwestern cultures and used their architectural forms and methods of construction as inspiration for her architecture for tourists. Colter honored Southwestern traditions through her careful research and attention to detail. She was an architect who was passionate about her work and who designed buildings that were and are aesthetically potent. Colter’s unique works, their intimate relationships with the region’s cultures, and her sensitivity to the Southwest’s unique landscapes make her a significant part of architectural history. 

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