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Historic Park Inn, 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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  • Well preserved/restored hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. A guided tour is available and covered virtually the entire property. Worth the visit if you enjoy Wright's buildings. Of course this is c...  more »
  • We love the Park Inn. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and the restoration holds true to his work. We enjoy wondering through the Inn as we are both big fans of Frank Lloyd Wright. The ...  more »
  • This renovated hotel is the only one left in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It has tons of charm, and the rooms were comfortable, although a little on the small side. Ask for a 3rd floor ro...  more »
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  • Awesome room, unique experience for the FLW crowd. Great food in the restaurant. Very friendly staff and atmosphere. Front desk guy Jim in THE MAN!
  • The Park Inn is a beautifully restored hotel and the event staff is AMAZING!! We worked with Robert for my dear friends wedding and he and his staff were a class act! I highly recommend them!!
  • Was there for wedding reception only so no comment on the rooms. The lobby looked very inviting, although ceilings were super low in some areas
  • Beautiful historic place! Worth the money to stay and enjoy the rooms, hotel and restaurant.
  • Great location in busy part of town within walking distance for shopping and eatting. The service is great and very snazzy dinning area with excellent food and drinks. If you love a classy place then you won't be disappointed.

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