of the
Park Inn hotel

Local attorneys J.E.E. Markley and James E. Blythe commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to design a hotel and bank in the heart of Mason City. The ambitious project was intended to showcase their success and attract visitors to the town.
During construction of the Historic Park Inn Hotel, Wright abruptly left the project to travel to Europe with Mamah Cheney, a woman with whom he was having an affair. The departure caused tensions with the building owners. Wright never returned to Mason City.
In 2005, a group of local preservationists formed the Wright on the Park organization and launched a campaign to restore the hotel to its former glory. The restoration effort was a massive undertaking, requiring years of hard work and dedication.
Today, the Historic Park Inn Hotel and City National Bank Building are both thriving once again, attracting visitors from all over the world who come to experience Wright's unique architectural vision. The hotel features modern amenities, including a spa, restaurant, and event space, making it a popular destination for weddings, conferences, and other special events.