Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
Minneapolis, Minnesota :: Chicago,
Job Date (in Parabiographies entry): January 20, 1909
GEORGE STRICKER [residence alterations]
Own home alterations. See #79, #294
This large sun room with tented ceiling, which we added to his old house, was not so bad. In 1910 they asked us to plan them a new home, for which we completed working drawings. It was never built. They had us make more alterations to the old house a few years later.
The First Flying Machines
A veritable world wonder had just appeared on the horizon of which less was then expected, practically, than of the automobile, and this was referred to as the "flying machine." There were no "movies" as we know them, but that winter at an Orpheum vaudeville show they had an act which was called "Howe's Moving Pictures." Not yet were they "movies," as we know them now. But they were wonderful enough in themselves regardless of what the picture subjects might be. This time the feature was the dim grey frame of "The June Bug" lifting Glen Curtiss off the ground and sailing away with him like a big box kite that had cut its string in a gale of wind. To partners who were endeavoring in their work to relate Architecture and the Machine, such a sight gave serious pause. I made a record of my feelings by putting a "June Bug" bi-plane against some big piled-up clouds in the leaded glass transoms of the new Stricker dining room bay window.
The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company made this glass, a troublesome order for them. Their Mr. E. L. Sharretts who was to become our good friend, operating as Mosaic Art Glass Company, made thereafter for many years practically all our decorative glass and glass mosaic out of the Minneapolis office. Most of that for Chicago and the East was done by Linden Company.