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Dana-Thomas Residence, 301 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Illinois

S.072A – Stable Remodeling

S.072B – “White” Cottage, 231 East Lawrence Avenue

 

S.072A – Stable remodeling

 

Wright took the old stable and remodeled it entirely.  It now serves as the gift shop and starting point for house tours.

 

Photographed on July 31 and August 1, 2014, and May 22, 2016^.

 

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View from alley

 

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View from courtyard

 

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The round section was a walled open-air spot for exercising horses

 

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S.072B – “White” Cottage

 

This house originally sat on the property that the Dana-Thomas house occupies.  It was moved across the railroad tracks to 231 East Lawrence Avenue, and the family resided here when the main house was being built.  When cousin Flora died in 1928, Susan moved back into this house and entered into a funk that threatened her ability to control her fortune.

 

Wright worked from the basement of this cottage during construction, and remodeled portions of the interior.  According to Prof. Storrer, the fireplace in this cottage is identical to one in the main house.  The basement, which served as his construction office, shows evidence of Wright’s touch.  That area is currently used for storage and is not part of the public tour.  The exterior shows no signs of Wright’s influence, however.

 

The Dana-Thomas staff currently uses the house as offices.

 

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CLICK HERE FOR S.072 – DANA-THOMAS RESIDENCE

New 08/18/2014

Revised 05/28/2016

 

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