Dana-Thomas House

NOTICE: Due to construction, beginning 10/11/21, parking for the Dana-Thomas House temporarily moved to the lot on the corner of Fourth Street and Lawrence Avenue.

301 East Lawrence Street, Springfield
217/782-6776

Open Daily​:

Tours at 9:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM

Site Holiday Closings:

New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents Day,

Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.


Watch the introductory video below.

When was the last time you experienced your architectural heritage?

Join us for a guided tour of the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site.

Book your Tour Reservation 

 

 

In the heart of our country, progressive-minded heiress Susan Lawrence Dana hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design her a home in which she could advance ideas about education and democracy.

The environment they created is one of the best-preserved examples of Wright's "organic architecture," containing more than 100 pieces of custom furniture and over 250 works of original art glass.

We invite you to see and experience the Dana-Thomas House by taking a guided tour of the site. Please note photography, video, and other recording are only permitted on the exterior of the house.

Tour Information

Reservations are encouraged due to limited tour capacity and can be made on this page. If you need assistance making your reservation online, please call us at 217-782-6776 or email dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov

There is no charge for the tour, but donations to support the historic site are appreciated. 

Arrival

Please report to the front door of the house on Lawrence Avenue 5-10 minutes before your reserved tour time to check in and begin your tour. Do not visit the carriage house upon arrival.

Tour policies

  1. No more than 15 guests will be permitted on each tour. This includes adults, children and infants. 

  2. All guests will be required to register, either by making an advance reservation or by registering at the door as they arrive. Walk-up guests will only be permitted if the tour is not already at capacity, and walk-up guests must register before entering the house.

  3. If you are feeling ill or experiencing any COVID-like symptoms, please stay home and reschedule your tour when you are well.

  4. The Dana-Thomas House has several small interior spaces. A face covering which is worn over your nose and mouth is required for entry to the site, and must be worn for the duration of the tour. Guests under the age of 3 are exempt from this requirement. If you do not have a face covering, please stop by the Visit Springfield office at 1 S. Old State Capitol Plaza (Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices building) for a free face covering.

  5. Guests will not be permitted to touch any furniture, artwork or other artifacts in the house.

  6. Guests will be expected to maintain at least a six foot distance from those not in their household, in areas of the site where this is possible.

  7. The Dana-Thomas House contains many stairs and narrow hallways spread over 16 different elevations. Please keep this in mind when making your reservations.

  8. Not all areas of the house are accessible by wheelchairs or other mobility assist devices. If you will be using a wheelchair or other mobility assist device that does not permit use of stairs, we would appreciate you contacting us at 217-782-6776 or dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov so we are prepared to give you a tour of the accessible areas.

Parking

Due to construction, beginning 10/11/21, parking for the Dana-Thomas House temporarily moved to the lot on the corner of Fourth Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Photography Policy

Photography, video and other recording are limited to the exterior of the house only; photography, video and other recording are NOT permitted inside the house.

IDNR Information

Justin Blandford, Superintendent
Office of Land Management, Historic Sites Division
dnr.historicspringfield@illinois.gov
217-524-3971

Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StateHistoricSitesOfSpringfieldIl

Instagram: @statehistoricsitesspringfield

Additional Resources


 

NOTE ANDROID USERS ONLY:  The donation payment processing function in the Illinois History mobile application for Android devices is currently down.  Donations are still being processed through the web site at https://www2.illinois.gov/dnrhistoric/Experience/Sites/.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

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.