Dana Thomas House History & Preservation

DANA THOMAS HOUSE A BRIEF HISTORY

About The Dana-Thomas House

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.

We want you to be part of our museum, experience its beauty and this is why we offer several ways to let you engage with us to help maintain and preserve the Dana-Thomas House. Whether you are a student aspiring a career in social work, an individual, or family who wants to maintain the arts in your community, or a business who cares about the local history we have everything for all of you. Come in for a tour, attend an event or become a member today!

 


Education

An Education Packet is available from the Dana-Thomas House for use in classrooms. The packet contains a PowerPoint and narrative to accompany the photos and is available in elementary, intermediate or high school levels of design and content.

Foundation

The Foundation was formed in 1983 as a not-for-profit corporation to support the Dana-Thomas House Historic Site. With assistance of members who respect and cherish this important piece of history.

Tour

The Dana-Thomas House is open for tours 9 AM - 5 PM, Wednesday through Sunday each week, additional hours seasonally 10 AM - 2 PM Monday and Tuesday. Tours are offered throughout the day and last about an hour.


Foundation Board Officers

  • Ken Gilmore

  • Brent Leach

  • Allicent Huffaker Smith

  • Celeste Ford Pankey

  • Regina Albanese

  • Doug Carr

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