ELTOVAR Celebrating 100 years
by Christine Barnes

"The building itself will be worth a trip to the canyon,"
Coconino Sun, 1904

Built by the Santa Fe Railway in 1905, El Tovar was destined for greatness by its location on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Even with the overpowering impact of the canyon, Charles Whittlesey, the Illinois architect, trained in the Chicago office of Louis Sullivan, rose to the occasion. Whittlesey saw an opportunity to meld the elegance of a European villa with an American hunting lodge.

This book celebrates the 100 th anniversary of the “Grande Dame of the South rim.” El Tovar opened to the public on January 14, 1905 and visitors from around the world have lodged on the rim of the Grand Canyon, in comfort and elegance, ever since. The historic hotel is an architectural masterpiece officially designated a National Historic Landmark.

The hotel, built for $250,000, underwent a $4.5 million renovation during the winter of 2004-2005, and reopened on April 13, 2005 with a centennial celebration

El Tovar stands as the centerpiece of a historic district of architecturally significant buildings.


EL TOVAR Celebrating 100 Years
Author: Christine Barnes
Photography: Fred Pflughoft & David Morris
Format: Format: 64 full color pages, 7" x 7", hardcover
Illustrations: 65 color & historic black and white photographs of El Tovar and the national park
Publisher: WWWest (Spring, 2001), Second edition (Spring 2005) wwwest@coinet.com
ISBN: 0-9653924-3-0
$12.50 US

NOTE: El Tovar Celebrating 100 Years is the same book as El Tovar at Grand Canyon National Park, repackaged as part of the centennial celebration of El Tovar and Hopi House.


Reservations: El Tovar and all in-park lodging is available through Grand Canyon National Park Lodges; call (520) 638-2631 for same-day reservations or (303) 297-2757 for advance reservations. El Tovar is open year round.
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