Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago,
Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1914
Job Date (in Parabiography): August 27, 1914
Dr. James E. Moore residence
Dr. Moore was the dean of the medical school at the University of Minnesota, a very dignified old gentleman with a grand manner. His mild pompousness rested on a distinguished medical career. A widower for some years, he had married a very young wife and this commission was his desire to make a pretty home for her in the Lake of the Isles district. They were well satisfied with the plans we made for them, but they finally came to the conclusion that he was pretty well along in years to embark on such an enterprise. More than that, at a time when automobiles were not as extensively used as today, the distance from Lake of the Isles clear across Minneapolis to the University of Minnesota seemed to them too great a distance for daily commuting. The project was, therefore, allowed to drift along and finally nothing came of it. Dr. Moore was seriously incapacitated a few years later, so their conservatism was well justified.