Purcell and Elmslie, Architects
Firm active: 1907-1921
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In reading Purcell's writings, whether in
manuscript or publication, there are many references to important texts that are
now very difficult to obtain. These pages accumulate those materials as PDF
files as they become available. The downloads have been broken down into
chapters, or groups of chapters, to keep file size manageable. Some of the files
are in TIFF format. Also, new technologies are making available materials
Referenced by Elmslie in correspondence with
Purcell, and by Purcell in his Parabiographies.
The following PDFs are available at the Internet
The Fourth Dimension
(1912), by Charles Howard Hinton (PDF, 20 MB).
The Beautiful Necessity : Seven Essays on Theosophy and Architecture
(1910), by Claude Bragdon (PDF, 7.8 MB).
Six Lectures on Architecture
([c1917]), filed under the name of Ralph Adams Cram for the
iteration of Gothic art, but containing
Architecture and The Language of Form, by Claude Bragdon (PDF, 27 MB).
Architecture and Democracy
(1918), by Claude Bragdon (PDF, 25 MB).
Successful Houses and How to Build
Them (1912), by Charles E. White (PDF, 61 MB)
Louis Sullivan: Prophet Of Modern
Architecture (1935), by Hugh Morrison, whose volume
inscribed with a dedication of the work George Elmslie remains in
the Purcell Papers (PDF, 49 MB).
Louis Sullivan As He Lived, The Shaping Of American Architecture: A
Biography (1960), by Willard Connely, a volume to which
Purcell contributed with correspondence and manuscripts also found
in the Purcell Papers (PDF, 18 MB).
The Testament Of Stone: Themes Of Idealism And Indignation From The
Writings Of Louis Sullivan (1963), by Maurice English, and
yet another monograph influenced by correspondence with Purcell
(PDF, 17 MB).
Kindergarten Charts Revised 1918 And Other Writings (1947,
the Wittenborn reprint), by Louis Henri Sullivan (PDF, 35 MB).
The Autobiography Of An Idea (1956, the Dover reprint), by
Louis Henri Sullivan (PDF, 42 MB).
On Architecture: Selected Writings 1894-1940 (1941), by
Frank Lloyd Wright (PDF, 20 MB)
The Living City (1958), by Frank Lloyd Wright (PDF, 32 MB)