Mason City's downtown has seen some significant improvements within the past 10 years. In 2011, the Historic Park Inn Hotel opened after an $18 million restoration. The building was remodeled and restored to its original 1910 floor plan, and includes a bar, restaurant, 27 hotel rooms and a banquet room. In 2012, shortly after the renovation of the hotel, the downtown district began its Federal Avenue Streetscape Project, which highlights the city's prairie school architecture and has helped rejuvenate the area. In 2013, the facades of 11 buildings were rennovated with the assistance of a $500,000 grant from the State of Iowa. The neighborhood has also seen the addition of many new commercial and retail businesses, helping the district to become the primary focus of government, business and culture in the city.