Kolb Studio

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Kolb Studio overlooking the Grand Canyon

The Kolb Studio is a historic structure situated on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in Grand Canyon Village within Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It was operated from 1904 until 1976 as the photographic studio of brothers Ellsworth and Emery Kolb. [1] [2]


In 1902, Emery C. Kolb (1881–1976) and Ellsworth L. Kolb (1876–1960) first arrived at the south rim of the Grand Canyon. In 1911, they successfully navigated the Colorado River, filming their journey. Built between from 1904 to 1926, the building which they constructed was both a family home and photographic studio for the pioneering Kolb brothers. The building has evolved through two major additions and countless minor changes during its century of existence at Grand Canyon. [3] [4] [5]

After the death of Emery Kolb in 1976, the National Park Service acquired the historic studio. During the 1990s, the Grand Canyon Association renovated the building and converted it to its current state. The Grand Canyon Association now 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. [6]

Restoration project

Restoration work

During 2013 and 2014, the Grand Canyon Association was in the process of restoring and rehabilitating this significant building. Work includes addressing the structural degradation of Kolb Studio. [7]

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.

See also

Walkway to lower terrace


  1. ^ "Kolb Studio". Arizona State University. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  2. ^ "Kolb Studio". National Geographic. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "The Kolb Brothers". Northern Arizona University. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  4. ^ "The famous Kolb Brothers, Emery and Ellsworth". Grand Canyon Treks. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  5. ^ "Kolb Brothers". KAET Public Broadcasting. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  6. ^ Grand Canyon Association (2008), The Kolb Studio, retrieved 2014-03-06
  7. ^ "Restoration of Historic Kolb Studio". The Grand Canyon National Park Foundation. Retrieved July 1, 2017.

Other sources

  • William C Suran (1991) The Kolb Brothers of Grand Canyon (Gem Guides Book Company) ISBN  9780938216384

Related reading

  • Ellsworth Leonardson Kolb (2003) The brave ones : the journals and letters of the 1911–1912 expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers by Ellsworth L. Kolb and Emery C. Kolb (Flagstaff, AZ: Fretwater Press) ISBN  1892327120

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Latitude and Longitude:

36°03′29″N 112°08′33″W / 36.0580°N 112.1426°W / 36.0580; -112.1426