I was with a group of Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts who took a bus trip through Iowa recently. We spent two nights at the Historic Park Inn, in Mason City. Words of advise if you have any interest in architecture: don't miss this gem! This hotel was lovingly restored at a cost of $20 million and it can not be missed. Great rooms, excellent restaurant and if you're interested, great docents to take you through the property. Although located in rural Iowa, you can also visit the Stockmann house nearby and other fine architectural properties in the area. Although a bit pricey, the Park Inn can not and should not be missed by any architecture enthusiast. The staff is knowledgeable and the amenties are top notch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Historic Park Inn Hotel, together with City National Bank, of Mason City Iowa were designed by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a dual purpose building and completed in 1910. The design greatly influenced architecture in Europe and is as striking today as it ever was. The Park Inn Hotel is the last Wright designed hotel in the world, and has undergone a nearly 20 million renovation; the restoration of the distinctive brick and terra-cotta façade as well as art glass windows has restored the Prairie School building to a functional hotel. The interior, while renovated into a contemporary hotel, has public areas and guest rooms restored as closely to Wright's design as possible. Art glass and much else designed by Wright remains. Public area furnishings are period-style and include reproduction Robie House Lights, reproductions of the Mercury statues Richard Bock and Wright designed for the bank, and reproductions of the barrel chairs Wright designed for the bank directors' room. We invite you to come and stay with us in the center of the many area attractions Mason City has to offer. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Historic Park Hotel Mason City
- Historic Park Inn Hotel Mason City, Iowa