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George Stockman House (1908)

Stockman House
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The Stockman House is a Prairie School-style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1908 for Dr. George C. and Eleanor Stockman in Mason City, Iowa. The home was originally located at 311 1st St. SE, but was moved to 530 1st St. (David Christiansen) NE to avoid demolition. It has been fully restored as a public museum and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features numerous authentic period furnishings and reproduction pieces.

Tours

The Stockman House is open to the public for tours. They offer public, private and group tours. Reservations are recommended and tickets can be purchased online at stockmanhouse.org

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The Stockman House is the third iteration of Wright’s Fireproof House, a plan he had published in the Ladies’ Home Journal in 1907. Titled “A Fireproof House for $5000,” it re-envisioned Wright’s Prairie Style in a smaller, more compact dwelling that was more affordable for a family of medium income. The Stockman House was Wright’s third constructed version of the “Fireproof House” after completing both Tan-Y-Deri (the Andrew T. Porter House) and the Stephen M. B. Hunt House I in 1907. Stockman owned the house until 1924, after which the house passed through at least six owners, including one who used it for a photography studio.

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The Stockman House is a valuable addition to the architectural heritage of Mason City, Iowa. It is a well-preserved example of Wright’s Prairie School style, and it is open to the public for tours. The house is a reminder of Wright’s influence on American architecture, and it is a testament to his ability to create functional and beautiful homes that are in harmony with their surroundings.

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Architecture and home design have always fascinated me. As a young girl I enjoyed drawing floor plans, rearranging my parent’s furniture and playing with Lincoln Logs and Legos.  My passion has always been the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Since I have been old enough to drive a car, I have visited Frank Lloyd Wright homes in the Chicagoland area and attended the Wright Plus house walks. Now, as co-owners of Northern Sky Designs, my husband & I are able to combine our website design skills and FLW travels to bring you this website! Enjoy!

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