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Exterior View of a City Dwelling for Mrs. Dana, Springfield, Illinois (Aussenansicht vom städtischen Wohnhause für Frau Dana, Springfield, Illinois)

Frank Lloyd Wright1910–1911

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art
Dallas, United States

Wright’s commission for socialite Susan Lawrence Dana entailed a large home to be used for entertaining, complete with furniture, sculpture, murals, and landscape features. The project allowed Wright to construct one of his most lavish projects to date. With a budget of around $60,000, Wright created a richly detailed 12,600-square-foot, 35-room house on a corner lot with an adjoining 3,100-square-foot carriage house. This perspective shows the house from the east, providing a glimpse of the length and arched entryway of the home on the left side of the print. As a decorative motif for the home, Wright used a stylized sumac plant throughout, including it in the art glass windows and the green-tinted plaster frieze, which patterns the exterior of the second floor. Dana lived in the home until around 1928, when declining fortunes forced her to close the house; in the years following its purchase in 1981 by the State of Illinois from second owner Charles Thomas, the house was restored and opened to the public.

Details

  • Title: Exterior View of a City Dwelling for Mrs. Dana, Springfield, Illinois (Aussenansicht vom städtischen Wohnhause für Frau Dana, Springfield, Illinois)
  • Creator: Frank Lloyd Wright
  • Date Created: 1910–1911
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet dimensions: 15 5/8 × 25 1/4 in. (39.69 × 64.14 cm)
  • Type: Prints
  • External Link: https://www.dma.org/object/artwork/5331842/
  • Medium: Lithograph
  • Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Robert O. Lane Estate in memory of Roy E. Lane, A.I.A.

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