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Dana-Thomas House, Springfield

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#2 of 10 in Historic Sites in Springfield
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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  • We toured the Dana Thomas house with friends and family. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent perspective on the house and the many fine details that Frank Lloyd Wright broug...  more »
  • ...but I hated it! What an ugly monstrosity. While I certainly do appreciate the windows and light fixtures, and the texturing of the walls, etc. inside, I simply despise the dark, closed rooms; hallw...  more »
  • Well done tour at this stately mansion. It was unbelievable all of the detail of this architectural masterpiece. I would definitely revisit, as I am sure there is more to pick up each time you visit. ...  more »
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  • This place is a treasure. They have over 90% of the original furniture from the house. The over 100 year old style of Frank Lloyd Wright is on full detailed glory. The building has amazing windows and architecture. It is gorgeous! The tours are each unique, so going more than once is worth it. They often do special events, such as decorating for the holidays. Highly recommend going here!
  • Wonderful home to see. Springfield should be so grateful the Thomas business kept it original and to the ex Governor Jim Thompson for raising so much money to get so many original pieces back where they belong. At Holiday Walk had Jason a very good guide. Such a great history and such a great example of Frank Lloyd Wrights work. Donation is your admittance. Parking lot is free adjacent to the west.
  • I've been here many times over the years and it never disappoints. Every time I discover something new. The guides are amazing, the gift shop is top notch and their special events are fun. This is an absolute must see site. Beautiful stained glass, wonderfully imaginative styling, a true masterpiece hidden away in boring old Springfield. (I'm kidding, if you know where to go Spfld can be a very fun place.)
  • An amazing example of what happens when the architect and client are in sync ... and the client has $1.3 Billion of her inheritance to spend. Jokes aside this is one of the most fascinating Wright houses I've visited. I can't judge how it suits the site since in the hundred years since it was built Springfield has grown and changed around it. But just as a structure it is remarkable. Even more amazing is it's state of preservation, which is attributable to some strange quirks of it's history. Admission is free, but a contribution of $10 is suggested. Definitely worth the visit especially if you're in town for the Lincoln Home. Thanks to NPS, State of IL and City of Springfield for preserving these pieces of our history.
  • The Dana-Thomas house exceeded my expectations! The house is in beautiful condition, it's full of original FLW furniture. The tour was small, 4 of us, and well done. Though I would have like to hear more about the exterior. It was mainly about the interior, which is fabulous!

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