A Frank Lloyd Wright hotel? In Iowa?

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By Marty Stempniak

Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers have heard of Frank Lloyd Wright's temples, single-family homes, and even gas stations. But apparently, Wright designed hotels, too, and not just in Tokyo.

According to the real estate website Curbed.com, Wright designed six hotels during his career, five of which were built. Only one remains intact today, according to the site, and that's the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa.

Curbed reports that after years of sitting in disrepair and remaining empty for a spell until last year, a nonprofit has spent $18 million to restore the old hotel. They plan to reopen the Park Inn for its original intended use on Sept. 5, and one of the 27 rooms there was even restored to its original 1910 appearance.

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Posted: August 20th, 2011 8:56 PM

Mrs. Irishman and I stayed at the Park Inn in Mason City last night (it's been open for 2 weeks). It's a fabulous place, and the remodeled hotel rooms are extremely nice. All the public spaces have been beautifully restored as well. And it's only $110-130/night for decent sized rooms; quite a bargain for a genuine FLW building! Highly recommended.

Jim Elander from Missoula, MT  

Posted: August 16th, 2011 4:59 PM

He also built one in Stevensville, MT south of Missoula.

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