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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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  • The Kolb brothers had a fascinating photography business on the rim. This museum offers a gem of information about a different time on the rim. Highly recommend.  more »
  • ...like I almost did. Super glad we ducked in "for a peek." I think we spent an hour exploring the displays and enjoying the view. The Kolbs (whom I'd never heard of) really were integral in shaping t...  more »
  • What a wonderful tour! Attendance is limited, and one must register the day prior. The tour lasts about an hour. You get a glimpse of the private residence, of the studio, and a very informative and e...  more »
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  • A lookout here located inside the gift shop. Safe to walk down.
  • The views and history here are amazing- consider taking a tour. One name- slim
  • Take the tour if your here at winter. Get on the list early, they only take 15 max per day
  • Nice place to see grand canyon
  • 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.