Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago,
This number in the commission list [222A-B] represents two related designs, one of which was built. The first and larger house remained a project, a first scheme done for a lot near Lake of the Isles and later revised for a lot near Lake Minnetonka. The garage for the house was erected as a temporary living space, which burned completely the following year and was rebuilt from the same plans. When an electrical fire destroyed the convertible cottage in 1920s, Fred Strauel undertook a third design, which was built in lieu of the earlier P&E schemes due to changed family circumstances. The P&E garage plan is distinguished by an entire wall of glass-paneled doors that slid completely aside, opening the house to the outdoors in summer and with a successful seal against the harsh Minnesota winters.
8 images are also available from the University of Minnesota digital database.