Mason City, Iowa’s Gobe Gazette has an article on the art glass restoration and installation at the Park Inn. It’s going great:
Few would guess such a beautiful creation could weigh so much, could be so cumbersome — and bring with it more than a few headaches.
“I just stood there with my mouth open,” stained glass craftsman John Larsen of Clear Lake said with a chuckle.
He held his breath, he said, as he watched workmen install a 14-foot panel of art glass that he had restored on the north side of the Historic Park Inn Hotel.
It took five employees of Mason City Glass to heft hundreds of pounds of window and place it in an area first created for it more than 100 years ago by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
As it turned out, it fit just fine.
It marked one more triumphant chapter in the hotel’s restoration.
One of the most dramatic pieces of art glass in the hotel is undoubtably the large skylight. Removed from the building long ago, even its frame was hidden behind an added false ceiling. The original turned up in a Walter Burley Griffin house in Rock Glen, fortuitously owned by Wright expert and architectural historian Robert McCoy.
The Park Inn will reopen this summer , with a grand opening celebrated on September 10, 2011. Reservations are now being accepted — you can call 800-659-2220 for more information. You can see photos of the newly-installed art glass windows on the hotel’s website.