301 E Lawrence Avenue
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, 62703
The Dana–Thomas House is a home in Prairie School style designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Built 1902–04 for patron Susan Lawrence Dana, it is in Springfield, Illinois.
Susan Lawrence Dana (1862–1946) was an independent-minded woman and heiress to a substantial fortune, including silver mines in the Rocky Mountains. Widowed in 1900, Dana enjoyed complete control over her household and fortune.
Dana lived in the home from 1904 until about 1928. Suffering from increasing financial constraints in her later years, she closed the main house around 1928 and moved to a small cottage on the grounds. As Dana struggled with age-related dementia in the 1940s, her home and its contents were sold.
Charles C. Thomas, a successful medical publisher, was the second owner and custodian of the home from 1944 to his death in 1969. His wife Nanette maintained in that role until her passing in 1975. Their estate sold the home and its furnishings as a unit to the state of Illinois in 1981. The home became a state historic site under the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.
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