'Jazz in Bloom' Saturday at Dana-Thomas House
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[July 18, 2012]
SPRINGFIELD -- Frank Lloyd Wright designed the
Dana-Thomas House as a place for Susan Lawrence Dana to entertain.
In keeping with her tradition, the Dana-Thomas House Foundation will
provide an evening of entertainment, "Jazz in Bloom," featuring the
Jane Hartman Trio, on Saturday. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m.
This is the only evening summer event at the house and allows
attendees the opportunity to experience the Frank Lloyd
Wright-designed environment as special guests, very much as it was
originally intended. Visitors have found that the art glass takes on
a particularly lovely sparkle in the summer evening light.
During the evening, guests are welcome to tour the Dana House at
their leisure. Admission includes food by Arena Catering and a
cocktail bar. A silent auction featured at the event has become
renowned for rare and unusual decorative arts and collectables, as
well as golf and baseball game packages, entertainment tickets, spa
treatments, gift baskets, and more.
Music and evening entertainment were also a part of the Taliesin
Fellowship life of the Frank Lloyd Wright community. Evening events
would involve elegant dress and grooming, music and plays, and fine
meals. These events taught Wright's students the appreciation of
gracious living and the incorporation of various arts in their
In Susan Lawrence Dana, Wright found the ideal client, one who
already held these same interests and fine tastes and could afford
them. Together they created one of Wright's most lavish residential
projects of the Prairie period of his career. Thus, Springfield has
the distinction of being the location for one of Wright's early
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Tickets for Saturday evening are $60 each and may be reserved by
Proceeds from the event support the education and preservation
programs of the Dana-Thomas House Foundation, which was established
Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site, administered by the
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, is located at 301 E. Lawrence
in Springfield and is open Wednesday through Sunday for public tours
starting at 9 a.m., with the last tour leaving at 4 p.m.
[Text from file received from
the Illinois Historic