Dana Thomas House

Also known as: Susan Lawrence Dana House
301 Lawrence Ave., Springfield, Illinois


Photo taken by Steve Conro




The Susan Lawrence Dana House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1904, is an early and excellent example of Wright's mature Prairie Style. This Prairie house encases an earlier Italianate house that had existed on the site for more than 30 years prior to Wright's remodeling. The ambitious transformation was undertaken upon Susan Lawrence's inheritance of her father's estate and her rise in Springfield society...The most notable quality of the house is its surviving architectural and artistic unity. All of the original art glass windows remain. Over a hundred pieces of original Wright-designed furniture are intact. An original four-panel mural survives in the dining room, and two pieces of statuary commissioned expressly for the house remain in place. Wright believed that every facet of a house must contribute to an organic whole, though finishes have been modified, the sense of repose and harmony the Wright intended endures. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS IL-1188)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 30, 1974
Reference number
NR name
Dana, Susan Lawrence, House
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Wrightian
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Current functions
Single dwelling; Secondary structure
Period of significance
Significant years
1902; 1906
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 2