301 East Lawrence Street, Springfield
Open Daily: Tours at 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:30 PM, 3:00 PM and 3:45 PM
Site Holiday Closings:
New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Presidents Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Site Holiday Openings:
Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day.
Learn about the Dana-Thomas House's historic art glass in the video below.
When was the last time you experienced your architectural heritage?
Join us for a guided tour of the Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site.
To take a virtual tour of the Dana Thomas House, click on the above image.
In the heart of our country, progressive-minded heiress Susan Lawrence Dana hired architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design her a home in which she could advance ideas about education and democracy.
The environment they created is one of the best-preserved examples of Wright's "organic architecture," containing more than 100 pieces of custom furniture and over 250 works of original art glass.
We invite you to see and experience the Dana-Thomas House by taking a guided tour of the site. Please note photography, video, and other recording are only permitted on the exterior of the house. A gallery of photos including some interior spaces is available by clicking here.
Tours are led by our trained staff and volunteer interpretive team; self-guided tours are not permitted. Reservations are encouraged due to limited tour capacity and can be made at https://danathomashousetours.eventbrite.com. If you need assistance making your reservation online, please call us at 217-782-6776 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no charge for the tour, but donations to support the historic site are appreciated.
Please report to the front door of the house on Lawrence Avenue 5-10 minutes before your reserved tour time to check in and begin your tour. Do not visit the carriage house upon arrival.
- No more than 15 guests will be permitted on each tour without approval from staff. This includes adults, children and infants.
- The Dana-Thomas House has several small interior spaces.
- Guests will not be permitted to touch any furniture, artwork or other artifacts in the house.
- The Dana-Thomas House contains many stairs and narrow hallways spread over 16 different elevations. Please keep this in mind when making your reservations.
- Not all areas of the house are accessible by wheelchairs or other mobility assist devices. If you will be using a wheelchair or other mobility assist device that does not permit use of stairs, we would appreciate you contacting us at 217-782-6776 or email@example.com so we are prepared to give you a tour of the accessible areas.
- Pets are not allowed inside the Dana-Thomas House. Service animals are welcome. Please note we do not have a pet boarding facility on-site and we do not allow pets to be left outside unattended.
Due to construction, beginning 10/11/21, parking for the Dana-Thomas House temporarily moved to the lot on the corner of Fourth Street and Lawrence Avenue.
Photography, video and other recording are limited to the exterior of the house only; photography, video and other recording are NOT permitted inside the house. A gallery of photos of the site, including interior images, is available here.
NOTE ANDROID USERS ONLY: The donation payment processing function in the Illinois History mobile application for Android devices is currently down. Donations are still being processed through the web site at https://dnrhistoric.illinois.gov/experience/sites.html.We apologize for the inconvenience.
Teachers in Illinois schools (grades prekindergarten through 12) can apply for grant funds to visit this site on a field trip with their students. Click here for the details.