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African Room>

African Room>

A retreat for the entire group

Around 400 African Americans settled in the Perry area towards the end of the Nineteenth Century, either to work on the mines in Angus or on the railroad.

Today people from the Sudan, Somalia, and other parts of Africa are finding their way to Iowa to start a new life.

The Hotel Pattee's African Room was created to honor those African immigrants as well as the African-Americans in the community. Decorated with a wide variety of artifacts and fabrics, it is a virtual visits to an exotic travel destination without the need of passports, visas, vaccinations, or airline tickets.

 

Chalet Features

  • Two Queen Beds
  • Adjoins Room 310
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Alton School Room>

Alton School Room>

Classic cabins at Javorinka

For nearly a century young Iowans learned to read and write in one-room schools like Alton School on the outskirts of Perry. This room celebrates all who learn and all who teach.

Opened in 1867 and closed in 1961, Alton School was one of many one-room schools that formed the backbone of what remains our nation's finest public school system. this room honors those who learned and those who taught in those schools. Today the Alton School can be toured at the Dallas County Forest Park Museum just outside Perry.

In this room you'll see old photos of the old school located in Perry along with pictures of former US presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. Some of the other features you'll see include a slate chalkboard, abacus, and a desk that resembles those used in the Alton School.

"Because of the nature of having to teach so many age groups at once, there were never quite enough teachers. I interviewed a woman who taught in 1922 in a country school. She described her day: She got up in the morning, fed her horse, attached it to the buggy. She rode to the school, tied up the horse, and once she had started a fire inside the schoolhouse, she was ready to teach. and she got no help from her husband. Once you got married, you couldn't teach.
Teachers had to be single women or men. For example, the woman I'm talking about taught school for three years from 1922 to 1925. Then she married and her teaching career was over." - Pam Jenkins from Inside the Hotel Pattee

 

Cabin Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Window Seat
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Angus & Moran Room>

Angus & Moran Room>

Slopeside chalets at Javorinka

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Iowa produced many tons of coal to heat its homes. Immigrants from Wales and Cornwall came to work those mines. Two of them were in Angus and Moran, towns near Perry, that died when the mines were closed. This remembers the mines and the men (and their families) who worked them.

In the room you'll notice that it was designed very simple to resemble a coal miners home. This room contains actual photographs of both mines past and present. You'll also notice a canary birdcage lamp in the room that represents how a canary was used to detect toxic gases in the mines. Fabrics used throughout the room are working class style with a Betty Lenz quilt as a tribue to both the mines and miners.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 326
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Betty Mae Harris Studio Room>

Betty Mae Harris Studio Room>

For 37 years anyone who learned to dance in Perry learned from Betty Mae Harris. Her Studio occupied the big room at the back of the second floor of the Hotel Pattee. This room recalls that studio and remembers Betty Mae Harris and those she taught to dance.

Betty Mae Harris was born in Harlan, Iowa. After performing with the Ziegfeld Follies, she relocated to Perry and established her dance studio. A glance at the dance programs displayed on the walls of the room reveals that her classes were very sophisticated for their time.

The Betty Mae Harris Studio is decorated in a feminine style in floral fabrics and ruffle trims. Scrapbooks of the dance studio can be found in the room showcasing the decades of the dance studio in Perry. Costumes are displayed on the walls.

 

Room Features

  • Two Queen Beds.
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Bohemian Room>

Bohemian Room>

Bohemia, one of the three historic regions of the Czech Republic. It is a place of artistic tradition and culture.

Anton Dvorak, a Bohemian composer, spent some months in Spillville, an Eastern Iowa town settled by people from his homeland. During his stay, he put the finishing touches on "The World Symphony." This room honors Dvorak and all of Iowa's Bohemian immigrants.

Room Features

  • Queen bed
  • Window seat.
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Central American Room>

Central American Room>

People from more than nine Latin American countries have come to Perry and other parts of Iowa in the past decade. This room pays homage to them and the cultures they bring.

The fabrics used throughout the room are very rich, colorful, and intricate and compliment the brightly painted walls nicely. The Central American Room also features a wooden parrot and Guatemalan flag that give an even greater Latin America feel. You'll also find several other wonderful artifacts distributed throughout and some extraordinary touches of folk art created by Perry artist Betsy Peterson.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 224
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Chautauqua Room>

Chautauqua Room>

At the turn of the last century, a popular educational movement began in Chautauqua, New York, and spread across the nation. In towns and cities tents were set up and people came for lectures (often by famous people like Mark Twain or William Jennings Bryan) and concerts, plays, and song-and-dance shows. The movement was called Chautauqua and local headquarters was, for a time, in the Jones Building on Otley Avenue in Perry. This room remembers that time.

The contents of the Chautauqua room are setup to resemble the Chautauquas that took place in tents during that time period. Awning fabric was used to create a canopy over the bed similar to a stage coach shade. Furniture in the room is very rustic, because the Chautauquas started out in outdoor camps. Throughout the rest of the room you'll finding special paintings detailing life during this time period, that were painted by David Kreitzer and Steven Kozar.

 

Room Features

  • King Bed
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Adjoins Room 318
  • Shower Only
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Cream 'n' Eggs Room>

Cream 'n' Eggs Room>

Farm women of the 1930s kept their families alive by selling cream and eggs. Get a glimpse of their world in this cozy room with a queen bed.

The overall room design offers several unique features including the carpet that has been woven to model the homemade rag rugs that were popular among many Iowa homes. You'll find a variety of early artifacts including milk bottles, a rooster weather vane, and an old churn as well.

One of the most unique features of this room is definitely the two women's dresses framed on the wall that were actually made of feed sacks. This recycled fabric was popular for women and children's clothes during the tough times of the Great Depression.

"...They had to learn. Because when you couldn't get money for your cattle, you could always get money for cream and eggs."
-Pam Jenkins, Inside the Hotel Pattee.

 

Room Features

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 208
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Gustav Stickley Room>

Gustav Stickley Room>

Gustav Stickley was born to German parents in Osceola, Wisconsin in 1858. Due to his contributions to the American Arts & Crafts and to the town of Perry, Iowa this room theme was modeled to pay tribute to both of them.

The German heritage had a dramatic impact on early farm life in Iowa. Germans came to Iowa to farm the rich soil, but often times they had to deal with land that had been abused and over cultivated by past residents. Through their past farming skills learned over the centuries of Europeon life they were able to help rejuvenate these once damaged crops in rural Iowa. As a result of this, profitable farming businesses had a dramatic impact on the state and local economies.

In the Stickley Room you'll see photographs of a woman named Maria (Seifert) Bills that originally as a child was on her way to a German death camp. However she and her sister were rescued and began their new life in Perry where they along with so many other German immigrants were able to realize the American dream.

One of the other significant achievements of Stickley includes his work to create the "Craftsman" style of American furniture. He believed in the principle that this art form or style should reflect upon the everyday lives of people. In addition Stickly also published the magazine The Craftsman that provided patterns for for building houses. Even today, houses based on the Craftsman style still stand showing the impact of the Craftsman style of architecture. During your stay in the Stickley room you'll enjoy furnishings that are reproductions of early Gustav Stickley designs.

 

Room Features

  • One King Bed
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Irish Room>

Irish Room>

The Irish are a people of many blessings, and they formed a large community in Iowa. Early on the railroad brought Irish workers and their families to the Midwest to lay the track and then to run the trains. One of those Irishmen was the Roberta Green's grandfather. This room is a toast to the Irish.

Designers worked to create something similar to an Irish cottage. Fabrics throughout the room are plaids and tweeds from Ireland and the walls are white-washed with a heavy plaster. On the bed you'll notice an Irish antique headboard along with a pair of dolls from Dublin and several other fine finishing touches throughout the room.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 226
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Italian Room>

Italian Room>

after the turn of the last century, immigrants from Italy began making their way to the United States, many of them through Ellis Island, some of them to Iowa and to Perry. We can thank them for many things, most conspicuously their great cuisine. This room honors them.

The Italian room resembles that of an Italian villa with aged looking walls and antique drapery fabric that dates back to as early as 1910. A silk light fixture in the room was purchased in Venice by Tracie McCloskey and the iron bed in the room was custom designed. Also featured in the room are an antique mirror and a small console both from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Finally the room also contains special weavings from Assisi and some contemporary glass pieces by Carlo Moretti.

 

Room Features

  • King Bed
  • Window Seat
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Marching Band Room>

Marching Band Room>

What is a small Midwestern town without a marching band? Not much. Think of a football game at half-time, the air cool and crisp, the home team ahead by at least a touchdown, your legs covered with warm blankets, steaming thermoses pouring out hot, rich liquids, and riding the night sky the rousing strains of Sousa march or show rune from the high school marching band. This room says thanks for those memories.

This room theme was built around the fact that Iowans love marching bands. One of the most distictive aspects that you'll notice is the headboard of the bed that was built entirely of instruments by artist Rob Brennan. The lamps in the room are also constructed out of other musical instruments. Also featured in the room is a dark chair that was made to look like a marching band uniform and the drapes also resemble a piece of the band uniform as well.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 308
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Needlework Room>

Needlework Room>

On a cold winter night when the day's work is done, what is more comforting or more fun than to take up a needle and thread and make something beautiful? this room is for those who answer: Nothing. Once a necessity, needlework has always been an art. This room honors those who love to stitch.

There is needlework from Iowa artisans and international needlework presented through the room. Although, needlework is an ancient craft because of the fragility of fabric and threads few examples of early work exist. With the Arts and Crafts Movement embroidery experienced a renaissance, which made the Needlework Room a perfected fit for the Hotel Pattee.

 

Room Features

  • Two Queen Beds
  • Shower Tub Combo
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Quilting Room>

Quilting Room>

Few things are more reminiscent of country living than quilts. For centuries women from all over the world have made quilts to keep their own families warm or to provide extra money for the food budget. In more recent year, art quilters have created fabric designs that are far to wonderful to be used as bedding. Whatever the purpose of the finished product, quilting has longbeen a way for women to express themselves.

It also became part of the social culture of small town livng. We remember growing up with ladies who spent one afternoon a month in the church basement making clothing for people and tying quilts. Fine quilts, of course, were quilted not tied. For centuries quilt making has been one of those necessities that, has also been an art. This room honors the art and those who practice it.

 

Room Features

  • Two Queen Beds
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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R.M. Harvey Room>

R.M. Harvey Room>

Named for a Perry man who was a circus agent and owner, this room recalls the days when the lure of the Big Top and circus parades brought excitement to even the smallest towns.

For years many of the huge posters that told the world the circus was coming to town were printed in Perry for circuses across the United States. The man who printed and distributed them was R.M. Harvey, circus agent and owner for more than 60 years. At one time Harvey also owned the Perry Chief and built the Opera house. this room, decorated with artifacts from the days when towns, remembers Harvey and the lure of the Big Top.

The features behind the R.M. Harvey room resembles the early days of the circus with bright colors throughout with antique posters and a partial circus tent over a portion of the bed. Several of the items of circus memorabilia in the room were generously donated by R.M. Harvey's nephew, R. Lynn Johnson who lives in nearby Des Moines.

 

Room Features:

  • 1 Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 204
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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RAGBRAI/BRR Room>

RAGBRAI/BRR Room>

Visiting the RAGBRAI/BRR Room at the Hotel Pattee may be almost as much fun as setting out on one of the rides. Primary colors, black and white photos of life on the rides, embroidered patches, bedspreads marked like the highways, and lots of folk and fine art capture the spirit of biking in fresh country air, summer or winter. California artist/sculptor Rob Brennan, known for sculptures made of found objects, created the headboards, tables, and several of the other lamps using various bicycle parts and pieces,, including a unicycle and a water bottle. Perry folk artist Betsy Peterson put one of her Humpties on a bike in the niche, and Mary Kline-Misol painted the frieze mural, showing the route of both rides along with portraits of people who made it happen.

Across America people travel every summer to take part in the "Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa" (RAGBRAI). RAGBRAI was started in 1973 by the Des Moines Register feature writer/copy editor John Krause, an avid bicyclist, and Donald Kaul, writer of The Des Moines Register's "Over The Coffee" column. The ride attracted between 300 and 500 bicyclists the first year and is limited to 8,500 weekly riders and 1,500 daily riders for reasons of safety. The tradition is to put your bike's back wheel in the Missouri and its front wheels in the Mississippi. This means that you've completed RAGBRAI.

In the winter the intrepid bundle up for the Bike Ride to Rippey (BRR), which covers the nine (very cold) miles from Perry to Rippey the first Saturday in February each year - rain, shine, snow, sleet, hail, whatever. About 1,500 people ride or at least come to Perry for the event.

 

Room Features

  • Two Queen Beds
  • Window Seat
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Russian Room>

Russian Room>

Russians, too, have settled in Iowa. Some Iowans remember when Nikita Kruschev made a controversial visit to Iowa in the 1950s and rode through Perry on his way to Roswell and Elizabeth Garst's farm in Carroll County.
Iowa has much in common with Russia and Eastern Europe. The land is similar and the tradition of agriculture is the same. Despite the debate surrounding Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Iowa, it was a small step toward greater understanding. And today, the conversation among farmers around the globe has expanded and is perhaps more important than ever.

Today Iowa is a sister state to Stavropol Krai, an area made up primarily of small rural communities. this room is named for our Russian neighbors.

The Russian Room is decorated like that of Old Russia. It has been modeled after the dacha, the Russian summerhouse from the early 1800s. The frieze around the room is painted with the Cyrillic Russian alphabet. The windows feature authentic Slavic shawls as window coverings. A Romanoff king bed in the room was hand painted and custom built and featuring some old pillows made from old vestaments. Finally on the north wall of the room you'll see a beautiful painting by Russian artist Oksana Sokolovskaya called "Babuska Knitting".

Room Features

  • King Bed
  • Window Seat
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Southeast Asian Room>

Southeast Asian Room>

After 1975 a great many Vietnamese refugees found their way to Iowa, some of them to Perry. In later years Southeast Asians from Laos and Cambodia and other parts of that region have joined them, bringing their own unique cultures and crafts. Iowa is now sister state to Malaysian state of Kuala Terengganu. This room honors those immigrants.

Some of the special features in this room consist of a Southeast Asian wedding chest and some Filipino baskets as well. Also in the room you'll find two Indonesian shadow-puppets, a gift given by Paul Marshall. Another fantastic feature of this room is the beautiful collection of Hmong needlework created by an Iowa woman named Susan Her. This elegant needlework represents the Hmong tribe's superb skill and precision in embroidery. Some of the cloths that you'll find in the room are referred to as "story cloths" and they were created by the Hmong to tell stories of war, migration, and resettlement.

 

Room Features

  • King Bed
  • Adjoins 218
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Shower Only
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Telital Room>

Telital Room>

The Perry Chief has been the town's paper since1874. For decades the Perry High Telital anchored the back page of the Saturday Perry Chief and, for much of that time, was presided over by Leonard Rossman, who trained generations of reporters. This room honors local newspapers and those who keep their standards high.

Once that you enter this room you're greeted by a 1930s feel of being inside a hard working jounalist's office. Artifacts throughout the room consist of manual typewriter, antique camera, an early radio, and an old telephone. Above the bed you'll notice 3 photos that illustrate First Amendment cases that appeared in the Des Moines Register. One of these photographs later went on to win a Pulitzer Prize.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 304
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Welsh Room>

Welsh Room>

In the late 19th century, many Welsh men and women made their way to America, some of them to Perry, Iowa. Often they worked the mines or started in farming. Known for their music, the Welsh brought with them their songs, their textile arts, and their love of their land, all celebrated in this room.

In this room you'll find items that were adored by the Welsh people. Some of these items include antique china pieces and a book collection with poetry written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. Due to the fact that the mining industry played such vital role in the economy of Wales, a lamp in the room is fashioned of a brass coal miner's lamp. Most of the fabrics in the room are also woven from unique Welsh fabric weaves including the pillows, blankets, curtains, and the wing chair and ottoman.

 

Room Features

  • Queen Bed
  • Adjoins Room 324
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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William Morris Room>

William Morris Room>

In the late 1850s Englishman William Morris and his friends started a revolution in interior design and architecture called the Arts and Crafts Movement. It celebrated the integrity of natural material and artistry of the craftsman who worked with them. The original Hotel Pattee had a colonial revival exterior and an English Arts and Crafts interior. This room, using Morris reproduction furniture, wallpaper, and carpet, honors the man who started it all.

 

Room Features

  • Two Queen Beds
  • Window Seat
  • Shower/Tub Combo
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Woodworking Room>

Woodworking Room>

At the Iowa state Fair there is a competition for woodworking and for good reason. It is a time-honored craft started on long winter evenings when there wasn't much else to do. This room celebrates those creations and the people who make them.

Designed by acclaimed woodworker Chris Martin, this room is furnished with work by eight Iowa furniture maker-designers and printmaker Carl Homstad. On display is the work of many Iowa carvers, all gathered together to remember this most useful art.

 

Room Features

  • King Bed
  • Shower/Tub Combot
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