Video: Dana House - Springfield, IL

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DavidC
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Video: Dana House - Springfield, IL

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The late Mark Heyman, former apprentice and long-time associate of the Dana House, gave John Geiger and me a 2-hour tour of Dana shortly after the restoration was completed, in and out every nook and cranny, on the regular tour and off it. Great fun!

I told then-curator Don Hallmark my theory of how two free-standing cabinets in the main bedroom, added after completion of the house, should be arranged to alter the configuration of the traffic patterns in the room. Don dismissed the explanation out of hand, but I know I am correct.

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Here's a photo of the main bedroom; cabinets are visible, far left and right:

https://dana-thomas.org/dana-thomas-hou ... ry=gg-1-26


and the plan:

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Where would the cabinets go, in your arrangement ?

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In the photo, notice a runner leading past the beds from the entry on the left to the dressing room on the right. The two shallow cabinets should be placed alongside the runner across from the beds, the doors opening into the "hallway" thus created, with the blank back sides facing the exterior wall . The cabinets have finials that correspond to the finials on the beds. At one end of each cabinet are 2 full-length mirrors, one fixed to the cabinet, the other hinged. When the hinged mirrors are open, they create a double door leading to the sitting area of the bedroom; when closed flat against the fixed mirrors, the passage is open.

The cabinets were designed and built after the house was completed, and are an odd contrivance, probably insisted upon by Dana to obtain more clothing storage, and possibly to shield the sleeping area from the early morning sun coming through the large east-facing window.

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Never really studied this house.
Seems VERY complex.

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Tom, the problem with this design from the beginning was that Dana was forced to retain the original Victorian pile that her father had built, so technically it was a massive remodeling. The floor plan in Ausge (1910) Plate XXXI and the book of Early Work (1911) page 33 show a line enclosing the footprint of the original house. It includes ~2/3 of the living room; the entire (preserved) parlor behind the living room; the bulk of the dining room, except for the bay; most of the service wing; and most of the grand entrance hall. Only the Victorian parlor interior was left intact.

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