Mason City and Heartland Properties, Inc. seeking to save Park Inn Hotel

 
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The City of Mason City and Heartland Properties, Inc. a unit of Alliant Energy, are actively pursuing options to help restore and rehabilitate the historic Park Inn. The Mason City hotel, the only remaining hotel designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was listed January 20, as one of Iowa's Most Endangered Properties. The listing was created by the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance. The Park Inn Hotel
Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa
Working with officials in Mason City, Heartland Properties has been investigating various options to preserve the 90-year-old structure. The company, which sponsors affordable housing developments in communities served by Alliant Energy, has been working with building owner Les Nelson, the City of Mason City, the Chamber of Commerce and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy to determine a plan of action that might allow the building to be restored and adapted for use as downtown housing and first floor commercial space.
"This designation as one of Iowa's Most Endangered Properties focuses critical attention on the needs of this historic building," said Dean Baumgardner, Vice President of Heartland Properties. "We are please to continue working with the owner and community leaders to find ways that we might structure a plan to save this Iowa treasure and internationally-significant Wright-designed structure." Heartland Properties nominated the Park Inn for the listing.
"We have appreciated the interest and assistance offered by Heartland Properties and the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance in this project," said Tarek Moneir, City of Mason City Community Development Director. "Prairie School architecture has a strong presence in Mason City and we are eager to see the Park Inn brought back to its former glory as an architectural centerpiece in the community."
Designed by Wright in 1909, the Park Inn gradually deteriorated in the hands of successive owners and ceased functioning as a hotel in 1972. Today the dramatically cantilevered hotel roof has sagged severely and there are many structural problems. The first floor, which houses the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, has been drastically altered over the years. According to Dr. Robert McCoy of the River City Society for Historic Preservation, "The goal is to restore the original hotel lobby and grand dining room areas as meeting space for the Chamber and community."
The City of Mason City and Heartland Properties, Inc. a unit of Alliant Energy, are actively pursuing options to help restore and rehabilitate the historic Park Inn. The Mason City hotel, the only remaining hotel designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, was listed January 20, as one of Iowa's Most Endangered Properties. The listing was created by the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance.

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