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Dana-Thomas House, Springfield

#2 of 11 in Historic Sites in Springfield
Must see · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Designed in 1902 for wealthy Illinois widow Susan Lawrence Dana , Dana-Thomas House serves as an excellent preserved example of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright's "Prairie Style" houses. The dwelling reflects both Dana's passion for organic architecture and Wright's ability to seamlessly blend the inside and outside of a house into one. The 3,658 sq m (12,000 sq ft) home includes 35 rooms, 16 varying levels, three main floors, and approximately 450 individually designed glass windows. Take a guided tour of the home to learn more about its history. Tours involve taking many steps and do not provide a chance to sit down, so it is not recommended for those with limited mobility. Photos are not allowed inside, but you can purchase a photo book at the gift shop. Plan your Dana-Thomas House visit and explore what else you can see and do in Springfield using our Springfield attractions site.
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  • Beautiful home and not in a sketchy neighborhood as one reviewer stated11!! Our tour guide was awesome - forget his name, but he did mention he had asthma. The house is gorgeous, and the story of Ms.....  more »
  • This is a massive home. Tour was very informative and the guide was very knowledgeable. Took about 45 minutes and reservations are recommended. No photos allowed inside although you can take pictures....  more »
  • We went to Springfield for a two day trip and I think this tour was a highlight of the whole time spent there. It was such an informative and enjoyable experience. The guides gave us insightful information and made the whole experience amazing! Definitely worth the wait! I would recommend to pre-book it so that you can plan the rest of your day accordingly. But definitely a must see.
  • Who doesn't like to poke through other people's houses?! Very interesting tour of an amazing house! It could be a challenge for little kids to keep their hands to themselves because of all the amazing surfaces there are to touch and feel but it's not allowed. If you have any interest in design, architecture, or art you must take this tour. There are some very interesting local history stories that go along with this house too. I can't imagine living here! No charge for the hour-long tour but donations are accepted.

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