Menomonie 5th graders study Mason City buildings

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MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) -- Dozens of fifth-graders from Wisconsin traveled to Mason City to immerse themselves in Prairie School architecture.

The 55 students from Wakanda Elementary School in Menomonie, Wisconsin, have been studying Prairie School buildings, which were most common in the Midwest in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Frank Lloyd Wright, who was born in Wisconsin, is the best-known architect identified with such work.

There are numerous examples of buildings fitting the style in Mason City, including a restored hotel designed by Wright.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports ( ) the students spent about an hour Thursday at the Historic Park Inn Hotel.

Student Jenna Paulson was impressed, saying "I don't know how anyone could even come up with it."

Teacher Sally Johnson called the trip "a total immersion" for the students.

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