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)

  

  

Backyard

 

East facade (upward and close)

 

Northeast porch

 

Iridescent window glass (east facade)