Monday, August 17, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright: Dana-Thomas House

And while we were in Springfield seeing the biggest pumpkin at the Illinois State Fair, we had to visit the Dana-Thomas House, an early Frank Lloyd Wright home.

Built 1902-04, when most people in cities were still living in various styles of Victorian homes, this Prairie-style home has never been unoccupied and so is in fine shape.

After Susan Dana's tenure, a small local publishing business owned by a family named Thomas, who changed almost nothing and kept nearly all the Wright- designed furniture, lighting and glass, occupied the house from 1944 right up until the State of Illinois bought it in 1981.

The State of Illinois invested considerable money in restoration, and today this is a magnificent and fascinating example of the genius of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The tours last more than an hour, and we got to walk through almost every inch of the house. I'd take another tour because there is so much to see that it is hard to take it all in at one visit.

No cameras allowed inside. This shot is of the walled courtyard. The street sides are equally interesting.

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