Robert E. McCoy


Robert E. McCoy (7/22/1929-10/17/2021) was inspired by architecture and motivated by historic preservation for decades.  He retired as an orthopedic surgeon who was actively involved in the restoration of the Stockman House, the development of the Architectural Interpretive Center and the restoration of the Historic Park Inn Hotel.  McCoy was a founding member of Wright on the Park and lead the organization’s Preservation Committee.


In 2014, the River City Society for Historic Preservation’s (RCSHP) Board of Directors voted to name the Architectural Interpretive Center after McCoy.  As a dedicated historical preservationist, his efforts helped to restore and preserve Mason City’s true architectural gems. To recognize his years of service and efforts, today we welcome visitors to the Robert E. McCoy Architectural Interpretive Center.

In 1962, he and his wife, Bonnie, purchased the Blythe House in Mason City, which was designed by architect Walter Burley Griffin.  In 1967, McCoy wrote an article for the “Prairie School Review” about Mason City’s Rock Glen-Rock Crest area and the Frank Lloyd Wright and Griffin designed homes and buildings.

McCoy played a critical role in the moving of the Stockman House to its current location and oversaw the creation of the Stockman House Museum. Throughout the years, he volunteered his talents as an engaged Board member and dedicated his energies to everything from organizational oversight to landscaping and beautification of the Stockman House site.


McCoy’s talents stretch far beyond the RCSHP.  We are honored to have had his support and guidance as we work to ensure that architecturally important buildings are preserved for generations to come.