Mason City FLW Prairie School Tour Pass


Experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s Historic Park Inn Hotel and Rock Crest – Rock Glen Historic District on a single tour pass.

Experience the best Mason City has to offer with a single ticket, and Discover why Mason City, Iowa is ranked by Condé Nast Traveler as among “The World’s 20 Best Cities for Architecture Lovers”. The Prairie School Pass includes tour admission to both the Rock Crest – Rock Glen Walking Tour and Historic Park Inn Hotel Tour.

The two docent led tours showcase the hallmark details of Mason City cultural crescent. On the tour you will see the first planned Prairie School development in America. and the lone remaining Frank Lloyd Wright designed hotel.

Scheduled tours are offered seasonally May 1 through September 30, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The walking tour departs at 9:00 AM and concludes with a 60-minute hotel tour at 11:30 AM. All other days and times by appointment.

90-Minute Walking Tour Highlights:

  • 1908 Wright designed & built the Stockman house in Mason City, IA, the third of his “Fireproof Houses” (after Tan-Y-Deri at Spring Green and the Stephen M. B. Hunt house in La Grange).
  • 1910 William Drummond designed the Curtis Yelland house on River Heights Drive.
  • 1912-14 Walter Burley Griffin designed and built Arthur Rule, Harry Page, Joshua Melson (castle), and James E. Blythe houses.
  • 1914-16 Griffin designed and Barry Byrne supervised construction of Sam Schneider and Hugh Gilmore houses.
  • 1914-16 Samuel Davis Drake house on Rock Crest designed and built by Einar Broaten, after Griffin designs were rejected for the site.
  • 1917 Barry Byrne designed C. F. Franke house.
  • 1959 Wright apprentice Curtis Besinger designed Usonian House for Tom MacNider.

60-Minute Hotel Tour Highlights:

  • Learn how the Skylight Room’s 25 art glass panels were lost and later rediscovered
  • The mezzanine that overlooks the lobby and Skylight Room
  • Visit the Ladies Parlor and balcony overlooking Mason City’s Central Park and learn how it served as a precursor to the modern mall
  • Discover how Wright drew on the design of the Historic Park Inn while building the now lost Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tour the mahogany law reception, law library and offices of the central waist
  • Explore the Gentlemen’s Lounge and Billiards room that has been converted to the public 1910 Lounge
  • See one of two remaining Wright designed banks when you tour the City National Bank, now in use as the hotel ballroom
  • Midways Gardens sculptor Richard Bock’s “Mercury Statue”

Additional information

Children's Admission

Children 12 and under free