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Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hit the UNESCO List

July 08, 2019 11:27 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Eight of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List on Sunday, elevating them to the same status as some of the most vital and important cultural sites on Earth, such as the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Giza.

"We were really excited to see that eight buildings got selected to the UNESCO list. Anything that can generate tourism to these sites is critical for their livelihood," said Scott Borcherding, president of Wright on the Park.

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Chip Kinsey is the president of the board of directors of River City Society for Historic Preservation.

"UNESCO, an organization of the United Nations, housed in France, makes that decision," he said of the list.

Wright is known for several iconic buildings in our area, two in Mason City: the Historic Park Inn and the Stockman House. There are three in Rochester: two on Skyline Drive and the James McBean House on Woodland Drive, as well as the Elam house in Austin.

Though none of those buildings are included as a part of the eight that were inscribed to the list, Borcherding believes the area can still reap the benefits.

"I think as the sites in Wisconsin and Illinois gain more travelers, people will realize that they're really not that far from Mason City and they'll be able to make a quick trip here and see both the Stockman House and the Historic Park Inn Hotel," he said.

Borcherding is also curious if any other local sites may have been considered for nomination at some point. Referring to the Historic Park Inn, he said, “the age of this building and the age of the Robbie House are really similar, they're practically the same year."

"Mason City is significant in the sense that the Historic Park Inn Hotel is the last existing hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright," said Kinsey.

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Brett Bachtle

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