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Just south of the Old State Capitol Building of Springfield is the Old Aristocracy Hill neighborhood. This downtown Springfield neighborhood is characterized by its serene atmosphere, strong community spirit, and small-town feel. Although there are many different housing types, the neighborhood is most remarkable for its ornate Victorian mansions.
There are a number of historically important buildings in this Illinois neighborhood, including the Franklin Life Insurance Company Headquarters, which dates to 1912. The construction of this company headquarters marked the first significant commercial building in the neighborhood, and it has since expanded to contain an entire block.
Another important structure in the Old Aristocracy Hill community is the Italianate Dana-Thomas House. Built in 1898, this home underwent a significant remodeling effort in 1904 under the direction of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Believed to be the closest Wright structure true to his original interior design, the Dana-Thomas House is considered a masterpiece of international importance.
Designed for socialite Susan Lawrence Dana, the home features the largest collection of Wright’s furniture, art glass, terra cotta sculpture, and even a mural, all designed specifically for the site. The building is characterized by its Prairie style, a signature of Wright’s work. The house is available to tour, and there is a Sumac Shop in its carriage house, featuring books and gifts.
The neighborhood is within walking distance of Illinois government buildings, specifically the French Renaissance-styled State Capitol. Springfield’s Capitol is the tallest non-skyscraper capitol in the country, exceeding even the U.S. Capitol in height.
The Old Aristocracy Hill neighborhood is also near the new Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum, a showcase of the life of the dixteenth President and his role in the Civil War. Opened in 2005, it ranks as the most-visited Presidential library in the United States.