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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Desert View Watchtower Storage Building
Structure Number:
0908
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
The Store Room
2. 
Storage Building
Park:
Grand Canyon National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
1. 
The Desert View Watchtower
2. 
M.E.J. Colter Buildings
Structure State:
Arizona
Structure County:
Coconino
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Colorado Plateau
Administrative Unit:
Grand Canyon National Park
LCS ID:
056900
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
01/03/1995
National Historic Landmark?:
Yes
National Historic Landmark Date:
05/28/1987
Significance Level:
Contributing
Short Significance Description:
Utility structure is part of Desert View Watchtower NHL at the eastern entrance to GRCA. Constructed in rustic stone style to match Watchtower. Part of MEJ Colter NHL (Criterion A & C) and Desert View NHL (Criterion A & C) districts.
Long Significance Description:
Built by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway in 1941 of concrete with a stone veneer which matched the irregular and banded character of the stone on the Watchtower, this ten-by-thirteen-foot building is eight feet high and has log vigas and a parapet roof finished in asbestos and felt. It stands about 170 feet southwest of the tower.

The M.E.J. Colter Historic District is listed under criterions A and C for the buildings' contribution to the history of tourism and as a representative example of a unique architectural style.

Indian Watchtower at Desert View, Lookout Studio, Hopi House, and Hermit's Rest are included in the M.E.J. Colter Buildings NHL District, listed on the National Register on 5/28/1987. These buildings are significant because they are the best and least altered examples of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter's work and because they are an important part of the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe and Fred Harvey Company development on the south rim. Colter's use of natural materials in forms that mimicked nature served as the basis for later work by architect Herbert Maier and others who designed what we now term "rustic" architecture.

The Desert View Watchtower Historic District is listed under Criterion A for entertainment/recreation and Criterion C for architecture.

The Watchtower and its attendant structures are the principal focus and the most significant elements of this group of buildings near the east entrance of the park. The three principal structures (the Watchtower, The Ruin, and the Store Room) were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987 as part of the MEJ Colter Buildings NHL. All of the structures in the Watchtower district illustrate the Rustic style of architecture, a style that was designed to harmonize with its natural environment. The purpose of these buildings were to serve as a rest stop at the eastern end of the South Rim for sight-seeing tours brought out by Fred Harvey Transportation Department touring cars and buses from Grand Canyon Village. The Watchtower district is significant locally for its role in the railway's development of tourist facilities in Grand Canyon National Park and NPS response to facility development in the park.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1941
AD


A.T.& S.F. Railway Company
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
GENERAL STORAGE
Primary Current Use:
GENERAL STORAGE
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
No records.
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Building
Volume:
1 - 2,000 cubic feet
Square Feet:
130
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Other
Log
2. 
Walls
Concrete
3. 
Walls
Stone
4. 
Foundation
Stone
5. 
Roof
Asphalt
Short Physical Description:
1 story shed, 10' x 13' x 8' high. Reinforced concrete construction with stone veneer walls, parapet roof, log vigas. Wood plank door, 2 small windows high in wall. Located 150' southwest of Watchtower.