The Dana-Thomas House, in Springfield, Illinois, is one of the largest and best preserved of the houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in what we now call the Prairie School period. In Wright’s own words, the house was “elaborate in its detail.” This online tour by Mike Jackson, the project manager for the 1990s restoration features the stunning photography of Doug Carr, who has been documenting the house for more than 20 years. The presentation will take the viewers around and through the house with special notes about the restoration work undertaking to return this house to its original integrity. With more than 30 rooms, all of its original art glass windows and 100 pieces of original furniture, the Dana-Thomas house is the most complete of all the early twentieth-century Wright houses. This presentation will tell the story of the design and spaces that make this house so special with photography that reveals the extraordinary level of detail in this architectural masterwork.
Mike Jackson, FAIA is a preservation architect in Springfield IL. He was the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer in Illinois from 2009 – 2013, as part of a thirty-one year career with the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. In the 1980s, he was the project manager for the restoration of the Dana-Thomas House, a five-million-dollar project that restored the house to its appearance in the early 20th century.
Wednesday, June 24
3pm EDT | 2pm CDT | Noon PDT
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Presented in partnership with the Dana-Thomas House Foundation