These one queen, two queen, or one king rooms all offer plenty of room for your overnight getaway. These rooms include a shower/tub bathroom combination and beautiful wood wardrobes to stow your belongings.
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Alton SchoolFor nearly a century young Iowans learned to read and write in oneroom
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 oneroom
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.
Angus and MoranIn 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 room 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.
BohemianBohemia is 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.
Central AmericanPeople 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.
The Central American Room also features a wooden
parrot and Guatemalan flag that give an even greater
Latin America feel.
Cream 'n' EggsFarm 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
IrishThe 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.
Designers worked to create something similar to an
Irish cottage. Fabrics throughout the room are plaids
and tweeds from Ireland and the walls are whitewashed
with a heavy plaster.
Marching BandWhat 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 are the rousing strains of Sousa march or show
tunes from the high school marching band. This room says thanks for those memories and
was built around the fact that Iowans love marching bands.
R.M. HarveyNamed 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 cir-cus 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.
TelitalThe Perry Chief has been the town's paper since 1874. 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 gen-erations of reporters. This room honors local newspapers and those who keep their standards high. Once you enter this room, you're greeted by a 1930s feel of being inside a hard working journalist's office.
WelshIn 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, textile arts, and 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 piec-es and a book collection with poetry written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
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ChautauquaAt 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), 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.
Gustav StickleyGustav 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.
ItalianAfter 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. 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.
RussianRussians, too, have settled in Iowa. Some Iowans remember when Nikita Kru-schev made a controversial visit to Iowa in the 1950s and rode through Perry on his way to Ro-swell 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 de-bate surrounding Nikita Khrushchev's visit to Iowa, it was a small step toward greater under-standing.
Southeast AsianAfter 1975 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. 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.
WoodworkingAt 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. 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 together to remember this most useful
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Classic Two Queen
AfricanAround 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.
Betty Mae HarrisFor 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.
NeedleworkOn 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.
QuiltingFew things are more reminiscent of country living than quilts. For centu-
ries 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 years, art quilters have creat-
ed fabric designs that are far too wonderful to be used as bedding. Whatever the purpose of the finished product, quilting has long been a way for women to express themselves. It also became part of the social culture of small town living.
Ragbrai/BRRVisiting 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 sev-
eral of the other lamps.
William MorrisIn 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.