Inspired by a conversation I heard this morning on WMAY’s The Jim Leach Show, I’d like to propose the State of Illinois turn the Dana-Thomas House over to the City of Springfield. I bet the city would even throw in the Maisenbacher House if the State wanted to trade outright. Springfield could use the money that will eventually be allocated for the Maisenbacher House to reopen the Dana-Thomas House.
Seriously though, there is no certainty that the State of Illinois will ever reopen the historic home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, so why not just give it away to some responsible party that wants to keep it open. It was obviously a very low priority for the State and the house primarily benefits Springfield anyway. I have no idea what the cost of maintaining the home is (I’m sure it’s a lot), but it surely would be a bigger draw to the community than the Maisenbacher House. I’m in favor of keeping both but if we have to prioritize, I say go with Dana-Thomas.
Also I think keeping the Dana-Thomas House open has reached a new level of urgency when its closing has the unintended consequence of cockblocking. And if that don’t get ya, try this emotional appeal.