The Dana-Thomas House is a short drive from our Taylorville Illinois inn. Devotees of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural style travel all around the country to visit his buildings, and we are fortunate to have such a stellar example of his work so close to home.
The Dana-Thomas House is a renovation of an existing home. The Lawrence family, of Springfield Illinois, hired Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 to renovate their home and create a showcase as well. By the time the work was complete two years later, the original Italianate style Victorian was entirely engulfed by the new structure. From the outset, it was recognized as “a symbol of artistic and architectural excellence” and today it is still considered “the finest example of the creativity and uniqueness characteristic of the Prairie School of Architecture” (quotes from Governor James R. Thompson, 1983).
The Dana-Thomas House is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 9am to 4pm. Fill your tummy with a delicious home-made breakfast at our Springfield area inn, and then head out for a fascinating tour.