The Dana-Thomas House is located in Springfield, Illinois. From Interstate 55, take the ClearLake Ave exit. Traveling west on Clearlake Ave, turn left (south) onto 9th Street. Take 9th Street to Cook Ave and turn right onto Cook. The parking lot for the Dana-Thomas House is just behind the YMCA building (which is on the corner of 4th and Cook Streets) and just past the railroad tracks on the left side of the street. Once parked, you'll need to walk to Lawrence Avenue (one block south) and to the courtyard gate of the House (signs will direct you).


"In 1902 Frank Lloyd Wright was commissioned to undertake the design and construction of a massive renovation of the Lawrence family home in Springfield, Illinois. The home was to be more than a mere residence -- it was to be a showcase. Upon it's completion in 1904, the new edifice completely engulfed the original home. It immediately became a symbol of artistic and architectural excellence. It now stands as the finest example of the creativity and uniqueness characteristic of the Prairie School of Architecture. The architect - Frank Lloyd Wright - stands preeminent amongst the Prairie Period Architects."

From Governor James R. Thompson's Executive Order 83-4, August 23, 1983
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