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The Dana-Thomas House is considered a Springfield treasure. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902, this house museum was the 72nd building crafted by the famed architect. It is considered to be a beautifully preserved example of Wright's genius style and has been called an architectural masterpiece. Many travelers add a tour of the Dana-Thomas House as part of their visit to Illinois' capital city.
Susan Lawrence Dana was a progressive socialite who in 1902 hired Frank Lloyd Wright to design her Springfield home. After receiving his first "blank check" commission, Wright crafted her an architectural masterpiece.
The home features glass doors, windows, light fixtures, terra cotta sculptures, and an exquisite mural all in his signature early Prairie-style. The Dana-Thomas House is considered the best-preserved and most complete of Wright's Prairie houses. The home features 12,000 square feet of living space with three main levels, 35 rooms, and 16 total varying levels.
The Dana-Thomas House is a favorite along the Frank Lloyd Wright Trail—a self-guided architectural tour featuring 13 of his buildings that are open to the public. Here, a visit begins with a brief movie that introduces Susan Lawrence Dana as the homeowner and shares more about the property. Afterward, guests are invited on an hour-long tour of the home. Highlights of the experience include seeing the bowling alley, personal library, and private bedrooms. Many guests are amazed by how few doors the home has. The video clip below offers a quick glimpse of some of the home's interior.
Visitors are welcome Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last tour of the day starts at 3:45 p.m. There is no admission fee, however, donations of $10 for adults, $5 for children and $15 for families are suggested. No photography is allowed.
Cover image by Teemu008 is licensed under (CC BY-SA 2.0).