DANA THOMAS HOUSE A BRIEF HISTORY


The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan Lawrence Dana, a forward-thinking socialite living in Springfield, Illinois. The home, the 72nd building designed by Wright, contains the largest collection of site-specific, original Wright art glass and furniture. Wright’s first “blank check” commission, the home has 35 rooms in the 12,000 square feet of living space which includes 3 main levels and 16 varying levels in all.

Rightfully regarded as a local treasure, the DTH is a gorgeous house museum. Following its acquisition of the House, the Illinois State Historic Preservation Agency undertook a major restoration project. The results yielded a beautifully preserved example of Mr. Wright’s genius.

Beyond the essence of an architectural masterpiece of international significance, the house is a brilliant showcase of craftsmanship in glass doors, windows and light fixtures; terra cotta sculpture and an exquisite mural; it is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright’s early “Prairie” houses.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is America's most famous architect. He is known internationally as an innovative designer and founder of the Prairie School of Architecture. Even after his death, the ranch style house was popular in the 1960s and 1970s. He is known for his careful attention to every detail of a building's design and was a perfectionist, hoping that his clients allow him to detail both the exteriors and interiors of their homes.
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