September 2009

Wright on the Park has received the final portion of construction financing from New Markets Tax Credits distributed by Iowa Community Development LC. The announcement came at a press conference on  Thursday, September 24 at The Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City.

The New Markets Tax Credit program is intended to bring capital to communities and supports activities in eligible communities to help reverse negative economic trends and encourage local investment.

Construction is now moving forward, with bids let on September 18 and bid opening on October 13.

John Rigler, board chair for Iowa Community Development LC, Ann MacGregor, Executive Director of WOTP and Dan Robeson, President of IBG at the press conference announcing the awarding of New Markets Tax Credits to Wright on the Park.
Contractors from several states gathered at The Historic Park Inn Hotel on September 18 for a pre-construction meeting as bids were let on the hotel/bank project.
Cheryl Hubbard, with Henkel Construction, explains the staging plans for the upcoming project.

May 2009

Demolition work to the ceiling of the City National Bank building uncovered the original skylight in what was the board room of the bank, on the south side of the building. The original art glass for the skylight has been found and restored.
This photo of the board room is from the original 1911 Western Architect article featuring Frank Lloyd Wright and the City National Bank building. The skylight is visible, as well as the FLW designed furniture and art glass divider to the right.

April 2009

Dave Randall, from Randall Construction Co. works on replacing stone on the Ladies Parlor Balcony.
These early advertising windows were revealed during recent demolition in the City National Bank building.

March 2009

Demolition begins in the first floor area of the City National Bank building. The drop-ceiling will be removed and some of the non-original columns taken out.
Crews continue to work on demolition in the Park Inn Hotel. Workers clear debris from ceiling demolition in the west bay area which will be turned into a restaurant for the hotel.

November 2008

Restoration work begins on the Ladies Parlor balcony. Metal flashing will be replaced with appropriate stone work.
Art glass for the Park Inn Hotel lobby is undergoing restoration this winter.

September 2008

Demolition continues in the east bay of the Park Inn Hotel.

January 2008