Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago,
Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1912
Job Date (in Parabiographies): April 8, 1912
JOHN LEUTHOLD (Bess J. & Ward Beebe), St. Paul
The Leuthold family were wealthy Germans in southern Minnesota and great friends of Louis Heitman of Helena, Montana. Ward Beebe was a veterinary surgeon who married Bess Leuthold. He later felt that he was not getting any place as a veterinarian, and with commendable energy and no little personal bravery, he stopped his practice, went back to the University of Minnesota Medical School, graduated as a regular M.D., and has since practiced in St. Paul. They were very appreciative clients, and the house turned out a charming affair. It is a re-transcription of the Oscar Owre type, and is an undated contemporary residence today. One of the unique features of the plan is the tiny library-sitting-room with bay window and built in furniture on the second floor. The house is on "Summit Avenue", St. Paul. At that time, and like "Euclid Avenue" Cleveland, it was one of the most talked about residential streets in America, broad and with beautiful trees; the "views" up and down the street were valued. So the unusual corner windows looking both ways from living room were accepted as a fine response towards a choice and expensive location.