The Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois will be closed for six months for a round of overdue repairs.
Among the jobs to be tackled during its closure: a new wheelchair lift; protective window glazing; a new Coach House door; concrete, masonry and copper gutter repairs; attic insulation; and upgrades to its climate control, fire and security systems.
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Work will begin a month or two after the new year. Until then, Dana-Thomas staff will be at work covering and protecting the furniture and valuables in the home, which includes 450 pieces of original Wright-designed art glass and 100 original pieces of furniture.
No major repairs on the house have been done in nearly ten years, and this will be the larges round of repairs since the house opened to the public twenty years ago. The budget for repairs is $2.5 million, and part of Governor Quinn’s jobs plan.
Note that the Dana-Thomas House is still open for the holidays :
Meanwhile, the public may still visit the Dana-Thomas House fully decorated for the holidays through Friday, December 31. The site is open Wednesday through Sunday, its normal hours of operation, during that time, plus the season’s most popular events at the home are coming up – Family Night on Friday, Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m., and Luminaria Evening on Sunday, Dec. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. The Sumac Shop, the site’s gift shop operated by the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, will remain open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during January.