FIFTEENTH ANNUAL MEETING
30-31 MAY, 2014
JOIN US IN MASON CITY, IOWA!
The fifteenth annual meeting of the Walter Burley Griffin Society of America
will be held in Mason City, Iowa, on Friday and Saturday, 30-31 May 2014.
And what a meeting it is looking to be! Thanks to Bob McCoy’s continued
persistent efforts and goodwill, there will be eleven buildings open for touring.
This will necessitate two afternoons of tour times—Friday and Saturday—and
include a keynote lecture and reception Friday evening and symposium Saturday
The meeting will start late at 11:30 AM on Friday morning at the MASON
CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY, 225 2nd Street SE, Mason City 60401 (641-421-
3668), with a welcome, introduction, and box lunch before the afternoon
tours get underway. This timing will allow attendees within driving distance
to leave from home early Friday morning. There is ample free parking in front
of the library. Those who will already be in town Friday morning can go to the
Stockman House Visitors’ Center at 530 1st Street NE (Mason City 50401,
641-423-1923), which has an exhibition space and a nice book store/gift shop,
to pick up their registration beginning at 9:00 AM. Registration will close at
11:00 and move to the Mason City Public Library.
TOURS on Friday and Saturday will begin at 1:00 PM and last until 4:30 PM.
Half the houses will be open one afternoon and the other half for the second
afternoon, with the Blythe and Melson houses open both afternoons.
Friday evening events will begin at 5:30 with a reception at the MacNider
Museum with a keynote address by Professor James Weirick of the University
of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
Saturday morning’s session, beginning at 9:00 AM at the public library, will
include talks on a wide range of subjects by Richard Mohr, Dan Naegele, Adrienne
Kabos, Peggy Bang and Paul Kruty. Lunch on your own will be followed
by the second round of walking tours. The meeting ends following the tours,
with dinner on your own.
Please download the REGISTRATION FORM. Fill it out, indicating your choice of sandwich and beverage for lunch,
and return it to the Walter Burley Griffin Society’s headquarters.
The cost will be $35 for the Friday/Saturday meeting, reception and tours, $10
for the box lunch and, of course, registrants must also have paid their annual
dues of $25 to the Society.
Hotel accommodations are available at the following, all of which have offered special
conference rates by mentioning the Griffin Society: Quality Inn and Suites,
410 5th St. SW, 866-460-7456 (a half mile from the public library); Holiday
Inn Express and Suites, 3041 4th St SW, 866-460-7456 (a mile and a half from
library); and Country Inn and Suites, 4082 4th St SW, 641-423-1770 (two and
a half miles from library). Please contact the hotels directly with your reservations.
In addition, a limited number of rooms remain in the Society’s name
at Wright on the Park, the restored Park Inn Hotel and City Bank building.
Please contact Peter B. Griffin directly at email@example.com for availability.
Look for registration information and conference costs in the next
newsletter, as well as on the Griffin website WBGriffinSociety.org.
See you in Mason City on May 30-31!