Tour Early 20th-Century Iowa Homes

The Schneider House, an early Prairie School home in Mason City, headlines one of the tours in the Iowa Architectural Foundation’s three-event series. Photo: Travel Mason City

In the early 20th century, Iowa was a significant player in the development of Prairie School architecture. The idea was simple: Craft homes based on surrounding landscapes—an escape from mass production brought about by the 19th century.

The Iowa Architectural Foundation is exploring this style and other early 20th-century homes in a three-part virtual series, “The Prairie School in Iowa.” Participants will tour some of Iowa’s one-of-a-kind houses, many built more than a century ago.

At the kickoff, on Feb. 9Paula Mohr, an architecture historian, and Ryan Ellsworth, an architect with Estes Construction, will take participants through the history of Prairie School architecture. The second event, on Feb. 16, will be a virtual tour of the Meier House in Monona, the state’s only American System-Built House, a style created by Frank Lloyd Wright. The final installment will feature the Schneider and Page houses in Mason City, part of the first Prairie School development in the United States. Homeowners will be on hand for the tours and Q&As.

Tickets are $35 until Feb. 1, when they increase to $45. Grab your spot here.

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