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Hermit's Rest (1914)

This buidling is located seven miles west of Grand Canyon Village, at the end of West Rim Drive. Architect Mary Jane Colter designed it while in the employ of the Fred Harvey Company. Fred Harvey ran stagecoach tours to the end of an old trailhead and wanted a small refreshment stand located at the end for his dusty passengers.

The structure appears to be a random jumble of stones with a chimney spire growing out of it. The canyon side of the structure has a log-frame roof protruding from the stonework, covering a patio separated from the rim by a stone wall. The interior of Hermit's Rest is medieval in character, shaped by rugged stonework and cavelike space, with dramatic changes in volume and light. Antiques and handcrafted furniture, wrought-iron sconces and andirons, kitchen and fireplace tools, and bear traps contribute to the building's unique atmosphere.16

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Photograph by Brian C. Grogan, 1994, National Park Service, Historic American Engineering Record. [Library of Congress reproduction number: HAER, DLC/PP-97:AZ-2 (HAER AZ-42-4)]

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