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Dana Thomas House in Springfield, IL

301 E Lawrence Ave. Springfield, IL 62703
The Dana-Thomas House, located in Springfield, IL, was the 72nd building that Frank Lloyd Wright designed.

The home was created for a Springfield socialite named Susan Lawrence Dana. The home contains 12,000 square feet of living space and 35 rooms spread out among three main levels and 16 other levels.

The Dana-Thomas House Museum has one of the largest collection of works created by Wright that were made specifically for that site. Wright made over 450 glass art pieces for the house, including the windows, sconces, panels for door, lighting, and more. He also created more than 100 free standing oak  furniture pieces for the home. Many of these pieces were easels for Dana to display here Japanese prints that she loved to collect. In 1981, the state of Illinois bought the building and from 1987-1990, it was restored to how it looked in 1910.

Plan to spend about an hour and half for the tour of the home. There is so much to look at in this museum. The home is handicap accessible, but is recommended to call ahead. Other attractions that are near the Dana-Thomas House include the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, the Lincoln Tomb and War Memorials, Old State Capitol, Illinois State Capitol.


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