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Dana-Thomas House

300 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL
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Ranked #4 of 31 Attractions in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: Reopened on April 23, 2009, now open 9-4 Wednesdays through Sundays. The Dana-Thomas House (DTH) was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1902 for Susan... more »
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Springfield, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

Walk back in history to see a splendid example of FLW architecture. Beautiful wood work. Amazing prairie style furnishings. Reasonable cost. Easy parking.

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Skokie, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

This tour was the best by far of the several Frank Lloyd Wright tours we've taken. Partly because of the interior architecture itself - fascinating and unique; partly because the tour includes every room of the house (unlike some homes where only 2 or 3 rooms can be seen); and partly because the tour guide's presentation is very interesting, esp.... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We got to the site at 12:00 on a Saturday and we were informed by the person in the gift shop that the next tour would be 12:30. Since we were starting to get hungry and didn't want to wait for 30 minutes, we asked when the next tour would be after 12:30. He could not give us an answer... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I have been to several of Mr Wright's Houses, this was the biggest and best. Was build in 1902, several stories, even had a bowling alley in the basement (closed due to flooding). Had a very open feel. Another great stop.

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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This extraordinary house has been wonderfully kept open to the public by the work of volunteers and the state of Illinois. And we are so grateful. What a beautiful house! The brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright is astonishing, and makes most other architecture pale in comparison. The volunteers who we met were very knowledgeable and willing to entertain questions. But... More

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St. Louis metro
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

CAUTION: check the Dana-Thomas website for the latest information on the days/hours they are open. The State of Illinois continues to cut back on them. That being said: finally had the opportunity to visit on a Friday morning. Tour began in the carriage house with a recommended $10 donation and a short (9 minute?) introductory movie. Our guide Jim was... More

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Whiteville, Tennessee
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

We drove by this house. Frank Lloyd Wright was the architect. It was interesting to see it, especially when our guide told us about the lightbulbs that were specifically made for this house.

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Reading, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was so impressed not just with the site but with the knowledge and expertise of our tour guide. The home is gorgeous and our guide knew and shared so much and with great detail. The only thing I disliked is that there were no smallish inexpensive tourist books of photos of the inside since there are no photos allowed... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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49 reviews 49 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This home is a great opportunity to see the full Frank Lloyd Wright experience -- unique room design, stained glass windows and light fixtures, furniture, pottery, etc. I have been here twice and I have found the guides well trained and full of enthusiasm. The tour is just about the right length (about an hour) and is preceded by a... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This is a short walk from downtown and is in great shape. Loved seeing this house and hearing about it's history.

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