Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago, Illinois
Writings and Publications
Note: Sorting through the uncertainties of publications by Elmslie will take some time. The surviving records are sometimes only manuscripts or clippings with uncertain attribution; other pieces are typescripts or mimeographs whose date or actual publication is unknown. The earliest written expressions by Elmslie were issued jointly with William Gray Purcell during the period of their partnership (1910-1921). Most printed articles by Elmslie during the 1920s were efforts to promote the construction of progressive small town banks. The most complete sortage of pieces from this era, together with an account of their questionable citations, can be found in the bibliography of "George Grant Elmslie: Turning the Jewel Box into a Bank Home," by Craig Zabel, which appears American Public Architecture: European Roots and Native Expressions (Papers in Art History from the Pennsylvania State University [Volume 5]). Most of Elmslie's essays in the 1940s appeared in the Monthly Bulletin of the Illinois Society of Architects.