Wright fans and architectural advocates in Illinois are celebrating the news that the Dana-Thomas House (Springfield, 1902) will re-open to the public today, after it was closed to tours late last year, thanks largely to the policies of former (impeached) Illinois Governor, Rod Blagojevich. The official statement from the Dana-Thomas House is:
The Dana-Thomas House will return to regular hours of operation after a re-opening ceremony at 1:30 PM on Thursday, April 23, 2009. Following the ceremony, walk through tours will be available. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is scheduled to speak at the re-opening of the site.
Thanks to all those who worked to bring change in the Illinois Governor's office, and to those who work tirelessly - regardless of political factors - to advocate for the immeasurable value of cultural assets in Illinois such as the Dana-Thomas House. This important "sister site" to the Martin House Complex is once again accessible, having overcome great obstacles raised by the turbulent economic climate and government's short-sighted response to the same.