During his decades-long career, Frank Lloyd Wright designed six hotels, five of which were actually built. Of those, only one remains today: the Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. The building has had a long and tortured life, opening in 1910, falling into disrepair during the '20s, being converted into apartments and sitting empty until finally, just last year, it was saved by a nonprofit that poured $18M into a massive restoration. Original Wright elements include a parlor, billiards room, gentleman's lounge, and skylight room with Wright-designed art-glass windows; one of the 27 guest rooms was restored to look like it did in 1910. The Park Inn Hotel, which sits not far from Wright's Stockman House (as well as the Rock Crest/Rock Glen Historic District, a collection of Prairie-style houses designed by Wright's associates) will reopen on Sept. 5.
The Video: Frank Lloyd Wright in Iowa:
· Frank Lloyd Wright's Last Hotel Fully Restored, Prepares to Open Next Month [UnBeige]
· Park Inn Hotel [official site]