Kiva Koffeehouse

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Coordinates: 37°46′20″N 111°25′01″W / 37.77222°N 111.41694°W / 37.77222; -111.41694 The Kiva Koffeehouse is a restaurant and inn located in the Canyons of the Escalante within the 1,900,000 acres (770,000 ha) of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the United States.

Its kiva-styled building,[1] which has been compared to Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West,[2] was designed by Bradshaw Bowman, the inventor of Bomanite. Bowman's materials for the structure, which he began in 1990 and completed in 1998, feature logs from the high forests of the western United States and sandstone from a quarry on family-owned property nearby.

The area is popular with plein air painters, and the Kiva is a regular feature of the annual Escalante Canyons Art Festival's Everett Ruess Days. The painting which won Best of Show in the oil/acrylics category at the 2006 Everett Ruess Days was painted from Kiva's porch in heavy rain. What painting?[3] The Kiva has also hosted festival poetry slams[4] with performers such as Alex Caldiero.[5]

Brad Bowman.

Since Bradshaw Bowman's death on Christmas Eve in 2000,[1] the Kiva Koffeehouse has been operated by his daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughters.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lucinda Dillon Kinkead (29 September 2007). "Kiva Koffeehouse: Family-run business offers cool retreat in S. Utah". Deseret Morning News.  Photographs by Kristin Nichols.
  2. ^ "Review for Kiva Koffeehouse". Yelp. 26 July 2007. "Rounding a bend in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, all you'll see is a rusty sign on a gravel driveway declaring Kiva Koffeehouse's presence.… Spectacular canyonside perch and an atmosphere reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West years." 
  3. ^ "Escalante Canyons Art Festival". Everett Ruess Days website. 
  4. ^ First Annual Everett Ruess Days, 2004 Escalante Canyons Art Festival.
  5. ^ Harold Carr (2 October 2004). "Alex Caldiero At Kiva Koffeehouse". Photographs from the Everett Ruess Days poetry slam. 

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