Historic Inn and Bank Restoration

The First National Bank and the Park Inn Hotel, completed in 1910, were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The Historic Park Inn Hotel is the last standing example of the architect’s six built hotels. The project was very complex, promoting unique challenges while working with the existing 100 year structure all within the confines of retaining much of the original building materials and retaining historic correctness. The building was in very poor condition and very near complete structural failure.

The renovation consisted of reworking the Park Inn Hotel and First National Bank into a single facility comprising 24 guest rooms, meeting rooms, a multipurpose/ball room, full service restaurant, full service kitchen, and men’s parlor. All mechanical and electrical systems were replaced throughout the facility, as well as the installation of new voice and data and fire protection systems.

The existing structure was constructed on bed rock which made installation of the new waste piping and drainage tile very difficult. Many of the utilities serving adjacent businesses were actually routed through the Park Inn Hotel building. Those utilities included phone, electrical, sewer, and gas.

The electrical systems throughout the existing building were a mix of multiple utility services. These were removed and a new single service was established to serve the entire building. A new fire alarm system was provided to meet current code requirements.

The lighting fixtures installed throughout the building are comprised of Frank Lloyd Wright replica light fixtures and period custom manufactured lighting fixtures. The lighting control system for guest rooms allows multiple lighting scenes to be programmed and recalled with soft switch push button wall switches. The control of the lighting in guest rooms is wireless. The lamping of the light fixtures is in keeping with the period and is comprised of incandescent clear or frosted lamps. The lighting control for the building is configured into zones and is programmable to provide complete flexibility for the hotelier to set different scenes and lighting levels on a room by room basis.

Frank Lloyd Wright - Park Inn Hotel
Mason City, IA
Services Provided

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Technology, Architectural Lighting