Very few architects are groundbreaking enough to become household names, with most just resigned to becoming household designers. Visit the just-reopened hotel drawn up by the only one you can name -- ready? 1, 2, 3, Frank Lloyd Wright! -- the Historic Park Inn Hotel.
The last standing Wright hotel in the world, the Park's done in his "prairie school" style (geometric, understated, wood galore), and located just 2.5hrs due south of the Twins in downtown Mason City; it first opened in 1910, and just went through an $18.5m restoration, finally reopening this September to take guests back to "the early 1900s, [when] Mason City was booming" (lol).
Twenty-six of the rooms have kept the original character but increased in size and been given modern amenities (wifi, flatscreens, ...refrigerators), while the two-room 27th has been restored more faithfully (with a period-style brass bed and a claw foot-tubbed bathroom separating the bedroom from a sitting room) and dubbed the "Historic Room", meaning it must've been even crazier before, when it was the pre-historic room.
Can you imagine?! To make sure you get down Wright, there's also a ballroom, a five-star resto, an old-school bar, and a slew of stuff that's remained just as Frankie L intended, like the Skylight Room full of "art-glass windows", and a billiards nook separate from a gentleman's lounge -- ironic, as today's lounges are where you'd more likely find an eight ball.
And the greatest thing about a trip to The Park? It's just 20mins from the also-awesome, also-in-Nowhere, Iowa Surf Ballroom, the final concert site of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the Big Bopper before they chartered that infamous plane, which coincidentally, could also be described as groundbreaking. Apologies.