301 East Lawrence Street, Springfield
Monday-Tuesday: 10 a.m. - 2p.m. (last tour at 2 p.m.)
Wednesday-Sunday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (last tour at 3:45 p.m.)
Site Holiday Closings:
New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents Day,
Independance Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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Teachers in Illinois schools (grades prekindergarten through 12) can apply for grant funds to visit this site on a field trip with their students. Click here for the details.
Watch the introductory video below.
The Dana-Thomas House, perhaps the best-preserved example of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s “Prairie period” dwellings, was built for feminist socialite and heiress Susan Lawrence Dana (1862-1946). Constructed between 1902 and 1904, the spectacular brick house was the largest designed by Wright to that time. It covers 12,600 square feet, with thirty-five rooms and sixteen major spaces. The house contains more than 100 pieces of original Wright furniture, 250 examples of art glass doors and windows, and more than 100 art glass light fixtures. Designed for entertaining, the home’s Gallery and Dining Room can seat forty, and both have two-story barrel-vaulted ceilings. Musicians’ balconies overlook the large public gathering spaces. Other features include an interior terra cotta fountain and a basement duck pin bowling alley. The house has been “restored” to appear as it might have been furnished shortly after being built. In 1974 the structure was entered on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1976 was designated a National Historic Landmark.
One-hour guided tours begin at the carriage house visitor center, which contains a small exhibit area, an auditorium, and the Sumac Shop. Tours open with a ten-minute orientation video that provides background information on Frank Lloyd Wright, Susan Lawrence Dana, and construction of the Dana-Thomas House. Visitors see a stunning collection of elegant art glass, Arts and Crafts style furniture, dramatic lamps, and ceramics. Several items owned by Susan Lawrence Dana and her family are on display. The visitor center and the first floor of the house are accessible to persons with disabilities. The house’s second floor and basement are not.
The Dana-Thomas House hosts special events, including “Christmas at the Dana-Thomas House,” a three-week holiday celebration during which the house is fully decorated, and special weekend and evening tours are offered. Many programs are supported by the Dana-Thomas House Foundation.
Dana-Thomas Education Resources
This education material has been designed for elementary and high school students.
Visit the Dana-Thomas House Foundation Website