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Grand Opening: Mason City Prairie School Architecture Interpretive Center

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by Eric last modified May 10, 2011

The completion of the Prairie School Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa, will be celebrated May 14 with a Grand Opening at 1 p.m. Adjacent to the 1908 Stockman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is surrounded by many examples of Mason City’s remarkable variety of architectural styles, making the Center a natural beginning point for walking tours and further exploration. More after the jump... With models, displays, a gift shop, information about Wright...




 

 

20110306_5 The completion of the Prairie School Interpretive Center in Mason City, Iowa, will be celebrated May 14 with a Grand Opening at 1 p.m. Adjacent to the 1908 Stockman House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, it is surrounded by many examples of Mason City’s remarkable variety of architectural styles, making the Center a natural beginning point for walking tours and further exploration. More after the jump...

With models, displays, a gift shop, information about Wright and Mason City’s architecture, and a small auditorium for programming, the Interpretive Center was designed in a complementary style to fit its unique site along Willow Creek. This setting is also home to the Rock Crest/Rock Glen area across the street. Designated as a National Historic District, this extraordinary neighborhood envisioned by Walter Burley Griffin, consists of private home designed by Griffin, William Drummond and Barry Byrne. This area boasts more Prairie School homes built around a single location anywhere outside of Chicago. Mason City also has homes designed by Percy Bentley and Einar Broaten, and the work of this group of architects continues to influence architectures and designers worldwide.

Mason City is also home to The Historic Park Inn Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908-1909 and completed in 1910 under the supervision of William Drummond. The only hotel still standing designed wholely by Wright, this building is currently undergoing an 18 million dollar restoration project and is scheduled to open to the public June 30, 2011.

The Center, working with other organizations such as MacNider Museum and Wright on the Park, the non-profit organization which owns the hotel, will provide better programming and resources for area students from grade school through college, and can help to illustrate and explain the significance of what they see every day in their community. The Center will also improve the North Iowa experience for visitors by presenting the story of our architecture and history in one place, by allowing the entire Stockman House to be on display as a home, and by providing improved comforts, such as adequate restroom facilities and a reception area, to our visitors.

The Center is the project of Mason City’s River City Society for Historic Preservation, the group that maintains Stockman House Museum. For more information, visit their website here.

The photo, taken through the Center's windows of the Willow Creek area to which is is adjacent, is courtesy of Pat Schultz



 

 

 
 
 

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