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Dana-Thomas House, Springfield

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Designed in 1902 for wealthy Illinois widow Susan Lawrence Dana , Dana-Thomas House serves as an excellent preserved example of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie Style" houses. The dwelling reflects both Dana's passion for organic architecture and Wright's ability to seamlessly blend the inside and outside of a house into one. The 3,658 sq m (12,000 sq ft) home includes 35 rooms, 16 varying levels, three main floors, and approximately 450 individually designed glass windows. Take a guided tour of the home to learn more about its history. Tours involve taking many steps and do not provide a chance to sit down, so it is not recommended for those with limited mobility. Photos are not allowed inside, but you can purchase a photo book at the gift shop. Plan your Dana-Thomas House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Springfield using our Springfield attractions site.
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  • Beautiful home and not in a sketchy neighborhood as one reviewer stated11!! Our tour guide was awesome - forget his name, but he did mention he had asthma. The house is gorgeous, and the story of Ms.....  more
    Beautiful home and not in a sketchy neighborhood as one reviewer stated11!! Our tour guide was awesome - forget his name, but he did mention he had asthma. The house is gorgeous, and the story of Ms.....  more »
  • Very disappointing. They had signs that made it clear not to bother them if a reservation was not made in advance. The outside looked run-down and the neighborhood was sketchy. 
    Very disappointing. They had signs that made it clear not to bother them if a reservation was not made in advance. The outside looked run-down and the neighborhood was sketchy.  more »
  • This is a massive home. Tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Took about 45 minutes and reservations are recommended. No photos allowed inside although you can take pictures....  more
    This is a massive home. Tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Took about 45 minutes and reservations are recommended. No photos allowed inside although you can take pictures....  more »
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  • We went to Springfield for a two day trip and I think this tour was a highlight of the whole time spent there. It was such an informative and enjoyable experience. The guides gave us insightful information and made the whole experience amazing! Definitely worth the wait! I would recommend to pre-book it so that you can plan the rest of your day accordingly. But definitely a must see.
  • Who doesn't like to poke through other people's houses?! Very interesting tour of an amazing house! It could be a challenge for little kids to keep their hands to themselves because of all the amazing surfaces there are to touch and feel but it's not allowed. If you have any interest in design, architecture, or art you must take this tour. There are some very interesting local history stories that go along with this house too. I can't imagine living here! No charge for the hour-long tour but donations are accepted.
  • Frank Lloyd Wright designed this house. In it's day it was probably surrounded by a better neighborhood. But the home is so well preserved one forgets what is outside once the tour starts. There's just so much about this house I think it would be best if you went to see it. It is handicap accessible. I stayed in the kitchen with my sister who was in a wheelchair while my other sisters went with the tour upstairs to the bedrooms. I've been to Springfield many times but this is the first time we ever stopped at this house. I would definitely chore it again when I go back to Springfield.
  • F.L.W. nice architecture but NOT my style of home. 12000 sf and two bedrooms. Seriously. The lighting was poor...but I get it. Kept to the original design. I can tell you that the tour guide was fabulous and kept the stroll down memory lane interesting.
  • I've been wanting to bring my husband here for a while. He has bone cancer and most days can't do much. Today however we looked up and it says 9-5pm. So we drove all the way there. Parked. He managed to walk around the building to the entrance that way the exit is next to the car. We get all the way around the building is 3:50pm... The sign says last tour at 4pm. We're thinking awesome perfect timing.... The doors locked. I ring the bell, with everything going on and the expensive stuff in the house maybe they keep it locked. Lady comes to the door and says no the last tour is 3:45ish. Change the sign then. It's so hard to get to the wheel chair entrance. I was irritated. I don't think these people understand how hard it was for him to get there just to turn around and walk all the way back to the car because the lazy people decided to close early. The website says 5pm and the sign says last tour starts at 4pm. We were there at 3:50pm. Forty five minute drive there and a fifteen minute walk to the entrance for nothing. CHANGE YOUR HOURS. I'll be back at some point and your $10 suggested donation is going in my gas tank!!!

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