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Dana-Thomas House, Springfield

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Springfield
Historic Site Tourist Spot
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. Using our online itinerary creator, Springfield attractions like Dana-Thomas House can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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In Springfield, you have two primary options: downtown and the commercial district in the southeast part of town near the highway. Downtown offers a handful of charming inns and bed and breakfasts, plus a few locally owned hotels in a neighborhood of historical buildings that contains numerous Lincoln-related sites. The national chain hotels to the southeast near the highway cater to travelers; they offer clean and comfortable rooms at competitive prices.
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  • Be sure to visit if you are in Springfield. Tour is well done, takes an hour but be aware it includes a lot of stairs. They have folding chairs in vatious rooms but it is not handicapped accessible.  more »
  • This was a very informative tour of a house built for entertaining. It is amazing to see the designing that way way before it's time. I am glad we stoped.  more »
  • This is a beautiful early Frank Lloyd Wright designed private home built for high end society entertaining. See what the young architect does with a blank check from a wealthy patron. Very special but...  more »
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  • absolutely incredible. words cannot desceibe how grand, intimidating, and homely this unique mansion is. A definite must-see for architecture and home.
  • A must if you are a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright's work. They've put a lot of effort into making it look as original as possible.
  • Incredible inside, almost all the original Wright designed furnishings and all the original glass. Staff was great and friendly.
  • 100% worth the tour, we also had an extremely knowledgeable guide. I believe her name was Cori.
  • A must see if you are around Springfield Illinois. Beautiful architecture. A symbol of the finest craftsmanship of 1900s. Well maintained. The architect had done a fine job with the space he had. Staff are super friendly. Free parking lot near the building.