|Purcell and Elmslie,
Architects: The Web Sanctuary
This all-new new site contains many images and texts
absent from the former incarnation, particularly the job-by-job recollections
by Purcell called the Parabiographies. In addition,
the complete commission list of the firm is now available, as well as lists of
later works by the individual architects after dissolution of the partnership. The Lake Place shrine,
devoted to the Edna S. Purcell residence designed by
Purcell and Elmslie in 1913 for a site near Lake of the Isles, Minneapolis,
Minnesota, nears completion. Many contemporary views of P&E buildings
are provided by noted architectural photographer Scot Zimmerman, widely known
for his numerous books on Frank Lloyd Wright. Links are also in place to several important on-line
resources. Additional material is frequently added.
The Prairie School On-Line (still being worked on, but useful)
Schlesinger and Mayer Building
Walter Burley Griffin
Frank Lloyd Wright
The contents of this web presentation are
delivered through the HyperFind™ software now being redesigned. The site is
temporarily showing an older, and partly incomplete view as the new web
interface for this information management system is written. I am sorry for
the inconvenience (you will be automatically re-directed to the older view).
The entire catalog of Progressive building images available through this
database can be accessed
Among the many individuals and firms
represented (alphabetically): Percy Dwight Bentley, Parker N. Berry, Claude
Bragdon, Bugenhagen and Turnbull, Cannon and Fetzer, Douglas and Hartmann,
William S. Drummond (Guenzel and Drummond), Ellerbe and Round, Walter Burley
and Marion Mahony Griffin, Handicraft Guild, Robert Jarvie, Jens Jensen, John
Henri Klutho, William (Wilhelm) Miller, Niedecken and Walbridge, Nimmons and
Fellows, Dwight Perkins, Ottenheimer Stern and Reichert, Purcell and Elmslie,
Richard E. Schmidt, Spencer and Powers, Louis Henri Sullivan, Tallmadge and
Watson, Trost and Trost, John S. Van Bergen, Charles E. White, Jr., F. D.
Wolf, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Information is also provided
concerning exhibitions and competitions, including various architectural clubs
which were important venues for public exposure, and significant European or
Secessionist practitioners such as Henrik P. Bull, Jan Kotera, Martin Nyrop,
Eliel Saarinen, and Otto Wagner.
to the William Gray Purcell
The contents of this web presentation are
delivered through the HyperFind™ software now being redesigned. This older
view remains available until the more sophisticated one can be deployed.
An electronic database version of an archival
finding aid work to
the collection housed at the Northwest Architectural Archives,
University of Minnesota Libraries. Biographical essays accompany
extensive scope and content, provenance, and other notes. Conversion from a paper-based format
to electronic display is still in progress. Extensive indexing is
already available, and facsimiles of archival documentation are being added on
a regular basis. Take a moment to look at the READ ME link.
The Prairie School Exchange
The community of those who are inspired by
the progressive movement known as the Prairie School continues to grow.
These pages are designed to share information concerning the many different
individuals who contributed to the architectural, artistic, literary and
philosophical production of this hopeful era. The first contribution is a
catalog of the works of John S. Van Bergen, researched and compiled by Martin Hackl.
The Prairie School Exchange will also include
soon include the Owatonna Bank shrine: Farmers National Bank in Owatonna,
Minnesota. One of the great glories of American commercial architecture,
the viscerally inspiring effect of visiting this structure cannot be overstated.
These web pages will present a large number of ecstatic detail photographs taken
by artist Bill Heug.
Organica, the Community
Established as a web resource in 1994, Organica provides this electronic service to facilitate research into
the philosophy and works of organic understanding. If you want to
join, dues from
members consists of contributions of images, texts, or other information that
advances the message to others. Guests get in free. The databases
include both historical and contemporary sources, always with appropriate
documentation is provided where possible without copyright violation or with
permission of the copyright holder. All donations are published here with good
faith interest in sharing on a fair-use, research basis. Contact
information for high resolution images or authorship of texts can be obtained
from Mark Hammons (organicus AT gmail.com).
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