After a nine-month round of repairs, the Dana-Thomas House in Springfield, Illinois will reopen later this year — the exact date to be determined once construction is completed. The house is expected tobe open in time for the annual Christmas tours (the even generally begins around December 1 and continues through the month). Training sessions for volunteers begin Tuesday, September 6.
The Dana-Thomas House, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1904, is in the final stages of a $2.5 million state-funded construction project to install a new wheelchair lift, modify the protective window glazing and install a new coach house door. It also includes patching and staining of decorative concrete, masonry repairs, insulating the attic, repairing copper gutters, improvements to the climate-control system, upgrading the fire alarms and security system, and repairing interior finishes.