Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural Tour



The group will begin their day by enjoying an Architectural Tour, which features the vast architectural heritage in the community. The main emphasis of the presentation is the interior and exterior of the Frank Lloyd Wright and Prairie School style designed buildings in the community. The tour also includes the Rock Crest & Rock Glen area, the largest group of Prairie School designed homes on a unified site. Continue your quest to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright while touring the Frank Lloyd Wright Stockman House and Architectural Interpretive Center. The Stockman House, constructed in 1908, is located adjacent to the Rock Glen – Rock Crest National Historical District. This home was the first and only Prairie School house designed in Iowa by Wright. The Architectural Interpretive Center, inspired by a Walter Burley Griffin design, helps tell the story of Wright and Prairie School architectural designs in the area.

Take a break from the day’s activities at one of the numerous restaurants in the area, which cater to every palate and pocketbook. After lunch, tour the Historic Park Inn Hotel. Built in 1910 for two Mason City attorneys, the Historic Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank building is the last remaining hotel in the world designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This classic example of Prairie School Architecture has been completely restored to its original appearance serving as an exquisite hotel. Explore the restored public places of the hotel on a guided tour of the facility. Visit the mezzanine balcony overlooking the lobby and dining room, the Skylight Room with its fully restored sky-lit art glass ceiling, the Ladies Parlor with art-glass French Doors, the Gentlemen’s Lounge and the Billiards Room and Mercury statues designed by Richard Bock.