Dana-Thomas House

The Dana-Thomas House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1904 prairie style masterpiece in Springfield, Illinois, is a carefully preserved, architecturally complex treasure.  In addition to its complete restoration in the 1980’s, it has been fortunate over the years  to reaquire more original furnishings than any existing Wright prairie house.   Getting inside to see the wonderment can carry with it so much anticipation that the visitor might miss some of the extraordinary architectural and design details of the outside.

If you haven’t visited the house, I recommend that you do.  And when you do, I suggest that you take some extra time and enjoy the outdoor forms and details.  They are almost as exquisite as the inside decorative details and furniture.

Here are a few pictures:

                                                                                                                                       Main entrance   


                                                                                                                                             Side entrance (outward)



Side entrance  (upward)


Gallery stair windows


                                                                                                                  Copper eave detail


 Plaster frieze


 Columnar window detail


    Southeast porch (main entrance left)


                                                                              Backyard panoramic sweep  (partial)



  Backyard panoramic sweep (partial)


                                                                    Backyard panoramic sweep (full)


                                                                                                             Walkway (backyard view)





East facade (upward and close)


Northeast porch


Iridescent window glass (east facade)