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Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City

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The Historic Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank are two adjacent commercial buildings located in downtown Mason City, Iowa which were designed in the Prairie School style by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1910, the Park Inn Hotel is the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel in the world, of the six for which he was the architect of record. The City National Bank is one of only two remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed banks in the world. It was the first Frank Lloyd Wright designed project in the state of Iowa, and today carries both major architectural and historical significance. In 1999, the Park Inn Hotel was named on the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance's Most Endangered Properties List.
The Park Inn Hotel was the third hotel designed by Wright and served as the prototype for Midway Gardens in Chicago and the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, which was torn down in 1968.
In 1907, when law partners James E. Blythe and J. E. E. Markley were looking for an architect to compete in quality with the eight-story bank building that would be built across the corner, they didn’t hesitate to give the commission to Frank Lloyd Wright, a young architect who was building a reputation in the Chicago area. For them Wright would build a complex, multi-purpose building that would give them multiple income streams. Their law offices would be on the second floor of the building's narrower central waist and the hotel's east wing, surrounded on the south by a two-story banking room with rental office space above. On the north would be a 42-room hotel, with basement shops beneath the Bank and Hotel. Wright managed to pack all these functions into an aesthetically well-integrated building that architecturally would be the bridge between Wright's Prairie School period and his Midway Gardens and the Imperial Hotel to follow.
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  • And I cannot say enough good things about our tour guide, Joan. She was very knowledgeable and extremely patient with our dumb questions. She has a great love for architecture and Mason City. Mason Ci...  more »
  • This is the last Frank Lloyd Wright hotel still standing. You need to take the historical tour to appreciate this unusual building and the journey it has taken.  more »
  • It's a wonderful place. We love it and are thoroughly enjoying our stay, (Haha, except for the early Sunday morning false alarm strobe light fire drill). Nice to know it would wake the dead in an emergency!
  • Our kids gave us a 2 night stay at the Historic Park Inn for Christmas. We completely messed our reservation up. The manager (Melissa?) was so helpful and understanding. Not only did she correct the problem quickly, she was so professional. It's nice to see such good customer service is still around. We can't wait to visit this historic hotel.

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