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Hopi House, Grand Canyon National Park

(4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
Hopi House is located on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, within Grand Canyon National Park in the U.S. state of Arizona. Built in 1904 as concessioner facilities at the South Rim were being developed, it is the first of eight projects at the Grand Canyon that were designed by architect Mary Colter, along with Bright Angel Lodge, Hermit's Rest, Lookout Studio, Phantom Ranch, Desert View Watchtower, Colter Hall and Victor Hall, (the latter two being employee dormitories). Hopi House was built by the Fred Harvey Company as a market for Native American crafts, made by artisans on the site. The Hopi, as the historic inhabitants of the area, were chosen as the featured artisans, and the building was designed to closely resemble a traditional Hopi pueblo. Hopi House opened on January 1, 1905, two weeks before the El Tovar Hotel, located just to the west, was opened.DesignMary Colter had worked on a number of projects for the Fred Harvey Company, principally as an architect and interior designer. She was particularly successful in a similar project, the Indian Building at the Fred Harvey Company's Alvarado Hotel (now demolished) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Colter planned Hopi House as a sort of living museum, in which Hopi Indians could live while making and selling traditional crafts. The structure was based on Colter's interpretation of the Hopi dwelling at Oraibi, Arizona. The ethnohistorically-correct structure was at the time of its construction the first introduction for many park visitors to the architecture and life of the native peoples of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. A variety of interior spaces provide museum, sales and demonstration space.
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  • I spent over an hour in this place. the displays and items for sale were endless and they just went on and on. Every so often I would be surprised at yet another look into the history of the building ...  more »
  • Museum, artifacts and gifts with attentive assistance about Native American artists and their handiworks. A collection of all the arts from ceramics, jewelry, baskets, weaving, Kachinas, masks, leathe...  more »
  • This building will definitely stand out when you are walking on the Rim trail due to its unique structure. Built along the lines of Indian settlements this place beckons a visit on your walk along the...  more »
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  • Wonderful Hopi house has beautiful works of art for sale and in gallery from Hopi, Ute, Navajo and other tribes. Very awe inspiring history. Great gift shop for bringing back gifts for family, friends, or even yourself! Most of the price of pottery is defined by if it was actually Native made or imported from non natives. I personally bough a beautiful Navajo vase.
  • it worth a visit at this point. We had a great view from the canyon from here.
  • A good representation of stack stone building. What I really love is that this building is over 100 years old and was always designed as a gift shop. Has to be the oldest giftshop I have ever been to.
  • The building itself is very neat, and the gift shop has some beautiful pieces. That said, it is all very expensive, and similar items can be found at other Native American shops nearby
  • Built in multiple different styles so that you can learn the differences in Hopi architecture, very cool!