The Historic Park Inn Hotel, along with City National Bank in Mason City, Iowa, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, will stand together forever, thanks to a group that has claimed victory in its efforts to begin restoration of the collapsing properties.
The Park Inn Hotel was the last of six Wright designed hotels left in the world, after the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo was demolished in 1968. Once the $18 million restoration is complete and the building reopens to the public in early 2011, Wright enthusiasts will be able to stay overnight in any of the functional hotel’s 20 suites. The group, Wright on the Park, Inc., named because of the location across from central park, plans a complete renovation of the striking design, including restoration of the distinctive brick and terra-cotta façade as well as the art glass windows.
Read a feature story w/photo from the AP, at USA Today.
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