Renovation Done Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright, one of America’s most renowned architects, designed six hotels in his career. Five of which were built and only one remains standing today. The Historic Park Inn Hotel, located in Mason City, IA and built over a hundred years ago, recently sat vacant and deteriorated through years of tenant turnover, building transformations and neglect. It eventually landed on Iowa’s top-ten list of most endangered historic properties. However, thanks to collaborative efforts, various funding and caring citizens, the hotel has been beautifully restored and recently celebrated its grand opening.

Historic Park Inn Hotel Mason City, IA

The hotel is operated by Wright on the Park, Inc., a non-profit designed to restore, preserve, maintain and educate the public about the historic building. Andersen sales representative Jay Sandgren worked with the hotel to ensure the integrity of the original building design, relating to windows, was maintained.  Andersen Art Glass products were used to achieve this.

A variety of challenges often exist in historic building preservation projects. When utilizing the best product for the application, the building must maintain the look and feel of the original design while incorporating innovative technologies and energy efficiencies. This hotel, for example, preserves the unique and distinct designs of Frank Lloyd Wright while optimizing efficiencies by installing ENERGY STAR® windows.  This is a win-win for historic building preservation!

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