Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago,
Writings by Purcell and Elmslie
Writings about Purcell and Elmslie
First monograph published on the work of the firm, a version of this essay appeared in
Art and Life on the Upper Mississippi, 1890-1915: Minnesota 1900, edited by Michael Conforti and published by University of Delaware Press in 1994. The book
is now out of print. A much revised draft is presented here, with different
archival illustrations and new images by Scot Zimmerman. Regrettably, I
lacked the opportunity to proof a galley of the published text, and here some
of the oversights and errors are also corrected. In addition, I am not responsible
for the photograph taken of the interior of Lake Place where the
photographer actually put an old Persian rug on the living room carpet.
The complete horror of that overtakes me every time I look at the book. WARNING: At the moment, this is a 294 KB download, and the draft requires
some work to repair footnotes that didn't automatically convert from the
original word processing version.
A piece that appeared in the September, 1941, issue of Pencil Points (predecessor title of Progressive Architecture). The copy scanned here was altered by Purcell to ensure a more accurate credit, from his perspective, for Purcell and Elmslie as a partnership.