"Headquarters Area Development Plan Aztec National
Monument, New Mexico"
By an unknown draftsman for the Bureau of Plans and Designs, 1933 with
changes made to 1935
Colored pencil on photo-reproductive print on paper
28" x 38"
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the National
National Parks: Aztec National Monument
As tourism at national parks and monuments increased,
the National Park Service expanded facilities at many of its sites. Future
needs of the parks were eventually incorporated into "Master Plans" and
"General Development Plans" prepared by the Park Service. These colorful
plans from the 1930s and 1940s depict everything from the location of
administration buildings, parking lots, and plantings to the size of concession
stands and placement of sidewalks and toilets. The plans were an effort
to accommodate the needs of visitors while maintaining the integrity of
the park. They also attempted to mesh the park's utilitarian needs with
designs that reflected local architectural styles and traditions.