Charles H. MacNider Museum Partners with Wright on the Park for Rock Crest – Rock Glen Walking Tours



Charles H. MacNider Museum Partners with Wright on the Park for Walking Tours

The Charles H. MacNider Museum is pleased to announce a new partnership between the Museum and Wright on the Park (WOTP).  The Museum’s well-known historic walking tours of Rock Crest / Rock Glen will continue on in coming years under the supervision and management of WOTP.  Last spring the Museum staff was approached by staff of Wright on the Park about assisting with the popular tours.  After months of collaborative talks the Museum Board of Trustees voted at the September board meeting to approve the an agreement allowing for Wright on the Park to begin giving tours.  Starting January 1, 2019, Wright on the Park will assume organizing and performing tours, will full operations turned over after 24 months.

This change in managing organization will allow the MacNider Museum to further develop walking tours for the popular Sculpture Walk, which has been frequently requested in recent years.  This more closely aligns with our mission as an American Art Museum.  In addition, Wright on the Park, an architecturally-focused organization, will further expand the historic walking tour.  The shifting of these duties will allow both organizations to enhance and improve work that follows their mission.

The Museum developed the historic walking tour of the architecturally significant neighborhood in the early 1990’s as the area began to become known as a pocket of architecture that was hidden in the Midwest.  The Museum enhanced the walking tours in recent years by developing an audio tour, and using historic before and after photos as educational materials on the tour.

Wright on the Park was organized in 2005 in an effort to educate and preserve the Historic Park Inn, the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel in the world.  The community has seen an increase in interest about architecture, both from visitors outside the community as well as residents after the restoration of the hotel.

Tours up to January 1, 2019 should continue to call the MacNider Museum at 641-421-3666 for bookings. Thereafter contact Wright on the Park at 641-423-0689.


3rd Annual Lego Contest




How to enter in five easy steps:

1) Find your inspiration and a pile of bricks.
2) Build your own unique structure. (Sorry, no prepackaged Lego kits).
3) Submit an entry form below.
4) Drop off your building at the WOTP office during office hours from October 2-12.
5) Join in the fun at our judging party October 13 at 11:00 AM.


By entering the contest you agree that WOTP may take your photo, and or use your, or your minor child’s, likeness in marketing materials. The WOTP office is open Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m..




Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan



Join the River City Society for Historic Preservation for a lecture on Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan Tuesday, July 10th at 7:00 PM in the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center.


Professor Kevin Nute is an award-winning author of Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan: The Role of Traditional Japanese Art and Architecture in the Work of Frank Lloyd Wright, and will speak on this topic. He is a Professor of Architecture at University of Oregon, a Wright scholar, and has lived and worked in Japan for our years.


The lecture is free and open to the public. it is sponsored byc and a made possible by generous donation from Nancy and Chuck Sweetman.


The AIC is located behind the George Stockman House at 530 1st Street NE, Mason City, Iowa 50401.

Wright After Work – FLW Stockman House Contrast and Comparison




Join Wright on the Park for a Wright After Work on Wednesday September 12th at 5:00 PM. Relax, network, enjoy light refreshments and learn. Joanne Hardinger, a docent with both the Stockman House and Historic Park Inn Hotel, will present contrast and comparison of the two Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie School commissions.

The event is free and open to the public. Register in advance with Eventbrite.

Restoring the Landscape of the Darwin Martin House & Graycliff



Join us for an afternoon that blends gardening and landscape design with historical significance. On June 23rd at 1:00 PM, Nellie Gardner, the Horticulturist for the Darwin Martin House & Graycliff Frank Lloyd Wright sites near Buffalo, NY, will speak on the $1 million dollar restoration taking place to restore the grounds of both properties. The event will be held at the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright hotel in existence, the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa. Tickets are $12.00 for the event or $22.00 with a tour of the historic hotel.

Saturday June 23 at 1:00 PM in the Historic Park Inn Hotel ballroom.

Wright After Work – Five Key Griffins




Join Wright on the Park for a Wright After Work on Wednesday June 20th at 7:00 PM. Relax, network, enjoy light refreshments and learn. Michael Thompson, Vice President of the Walter Burley Society in Australia, will present “Five Key Griffins”, and explore the best works of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin the former Frank Lloyd Wright associates and Prairie School masters.


The event is free and open to the public.