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Holiday events coming up at Dana-Thomas House

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[December 10, 2009]  SPRINGFIELD -- The most special holiday weekend of the year for the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site in Springfield is approaching: Dec. 19 and 20.

Dec. 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. is Family Night, with everyone admitted free, although a donation of $1 per person is suggested. The site hours on Dec. 19 and 20 will be 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., with live music filling the house during the afternoon and evening. Evening tours allow the public to see this pristine example of Wright's American architecture with its 1910-era light levels and to enjoy the many illuminated holiday trees and decorations.

The season's most popular event at the Dana-Thomas House, Luminaria Evening, will be Dec. 20 from 4 to 8 p.m. One thousand luminaria will line the sidewalks and horizontal ledges of the sprawling, 12,600-square-foot Prairie style structure. Conducted tours on Luminaria Evening are silent except for the live music being played in the house. There are no architectural narrated tours that evening. Regular holiday tours will be conducted until 3:30 p.m., and the luminaria display starts at 4 p.m. Now in its 24th year, this event attracts hundreds of visitors, as well as hundreds more who drive or walk by to see the lighted home. The suggested donation is $5 for adults and $3 for children.

Another special event, Children's Story Hour, will be on Dec. 31. Call 217-782-6776 for reservations for both children and accompanying adults.

The Dana-Thomas House will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The site is closed Monday and Tuesday throughout the year, including the month of December. Dec. 31 is the final day to see the house decorated for the holidays, and hours that day are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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All holiday events at the site are sponsored by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which administers the Dana-Thomas House, and the Dana-Thomas House Foundation.

The Dana-Thomas House State Historic Site was designed by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1902-1904 for Springfield socialite Susan Lawrence Dana. The restored house is the most complete of Wright's early Prairie style dwellings, with more than 100 pieces of original Wright-designed furniture and more than 450 art glass windows and fixtures. Susan Dana unveiled her newly constructed house in December 1904.

The Sumac Shop in the Carriage House Visitors' Center carries a full assortment of Frank Lloyd Wright items, architectural-related gifts, and early 20th-century arts and crafts and holiday objects. The shop is open the same hours as the site, Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., including extended hours until 8 p.m. on Dec. 19 and 20.

[Text from file received from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency]


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