Susan Lawrence Dana House, 301 East Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL
Significance: The Susan Lawrence Dana House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1904, is an early and excellent example of Wright's mature Prairie Style. This Prairie house encases an earlier Italianate house that had existed on the site for more than 30 years prior to Wright's remodeling. The ambitious transformation was undertaken upon Susan Lawrence's inheritance of her father's estate and her rise in Springfield society...The most notable quality of the house is its surviving architectural and artistic unity. All of the original art glass windows remain. Over a hundred pieces of original Wright-designed furniture are intact. An original four-panel mural survives in the dining room, and two pieces of statuary commissioned expressly for the house remain in place. Wright believed that every facet of a house must contribute to an organic whole, though finishes have been modified, the sense of repose and harmony the Wright intended endures.
Survey number: HABS IL-1188
Building/structure dates: 1904 Initial Construction
National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 74000774