In the early 1900s, Mason City, Iowa, was booming. Successful attorneys James Blythe and J.E.E. Markley were among those spearheading growth. Serving on the board of directors of the City National Bank, which contemplated expanding, they saw the opportunity to meet multiple needs with one plan. A new building could provide a home for the bank, new offices for their firm, a much-needed hotel, and a replacement for the old eyesores on the corner of State Street and Federal Avenue, the hub of downtown.
Wright came to Mason City in about 1906 or 07 and the project took on life. With its unique three-part design, the City National Bank and Park Inn Hotel began to take shape. In 1909, however, Wright’s scandalous elopement to Europe with the wife of a former client left the rest of the construction management to his Oak Park associate William Drummond. Fortunately, Drummond was able to see the building completed according to Wright’s original design and it opened to the public in 1910.
Monday, May 3
3pm EDT | 2pm CDT | Noon PDT
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Photo Courtesy: Wright on the Park Website