firm active: 1907-1921

minneapolis, minnesota :: chicago, illinois
philadelphia, pennsylvania :: portland, oregon

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Purcell and Elmslie advertising brochures
Purcell and Elmslie

Brochure showing Merchants Bank

The text reads:

"All buildings are essentially advertisements--announcing their usefulness in connection with goods for sale, services to be tendered, or the ideals of citizenship maintained within them.

A building is an advertisement that cannot be rewritten--nor is it possible to limit its circulation to the few who are to use it.

It must stand forth before all men without change and without explanation, and the text of what it has to say must be written with brick and stone and glass and metal in plain language that all may understand."

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:P&E 348].
research courtesy mark hammons