Frank Lloyd Wright and Mason City Architectural heart of the prairie

Roy R. Behrens

Book - 2016

In the early 1900s, Frank Lloyd Wright transformed a small midwestern prairie community into one of the world's most important architectural destinations. Mason City, Iowa, became home to his City National Bank and Park Inn--the last surviving Wright hotel. In addition, his prototype Stockman House helped launch the Prairie School architectural style. Soon after, architect Walter Burley Griffin followed in Wright's footsteps, designing a cluster of Prairie School homes in the Rock Crest/Rock Glen neighborhood. Design historian Roy Behrens leads the way through Mason City's historic development from the Industrial Revolution to the modern era of Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Charleston, SC : History Press 2016.
Main Author
Roy R. Behrens (author)
Physical Description
143 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Includes bibliography.
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • 1. Mason City, Kindergarten and the Imperial Hotel
  • 2. Mason City Meets Modern Design
  • 3. City National Bank and Park Inn Hotel
  • 4. Rock Crest/Rock Glen Neighborhood
  • Mason City and Prairie School Architecture: A Chronology
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • About the Author