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Kolb Studio, Grand Canyon National Park

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The Kolb Studio clings to the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, in Grand Canyon Village, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.The Grand Canyon Association operates an art gallery, bookstore and information inside the building. The bookstore's proceeds go to support the building, and the store features a tribute to the Kolbs’ photographs of mule riders at Grand Canyon. The start of the Bright Angel Trail is to the west of the Kolb Studio.HistoryIt was the home and photographic studio of pioneers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb. Begun in 1904, the building has evolved through two major additions and countless minor changes during its century of existence at Grand Canyon. The evolution and survival of Kolb Studio is also the story of its builders, Emery and Ellsworth Kolb.Restoration projectDuring 2013 and 2014, the Grand Canyon Association is in the process of restoring and rehabilitating this significant building of the Grand Canyon's 20th century history. Work includes addressing the structural degradation of Kolb Studio by: *a) rectifying drainage problems from public sidewalks and corresponding retaining walls, *b) stabilizing the concrete entranceway to assure safe continuing access to the facility *c) repairing and replacing exterior building features (e.g. log and shingle siding, structural beams, gutters, wooden porches) in order to assure long-term structural integrity of the building and *d) protecting restored exterior surfaces with paints, sealants and other coatings.
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  • It is an interesting place due to the history of it and there is a great terrace for shooting into the canyon from.  more »
  • Lots of history of the development of the tourist trade at the Canyon. Enjoyed the displays, etc.Got in our of the rain here so it was two for one visit.  more »
  • The Kolb Studio has a lot to the early developemt history of the Grand Canyon about the time that it became a National Park. Well worth the time and effort to see.  more »
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  • The views and history here are amazing- consider taking a tour. One name- slim
  • A nice little gift shop upstairs with some neat displays downstairs about the life and adventures of the brothers who built it back in the early 1900s.
  • An amazing place to check out and see the history of the design.
  • An interesting museum to visit for a quick, 20 minute stop. Little-known history about the park, as well as good history info for photography enthusiasts.
  • Great historical site. Plus all the gifts and view!