The Western Architect was the most prominent
supporter of organic architecture in the architectural press. Published in
Minneapolis, Minnesota, by Robert Craik McLean, the journal featured designs by
nearly every significant practitioner among the progressives from the early
1900s to the late 1920s. In addition to
providing a rare public platform to celebrate accomplishment by Prairie School
architects, editorials and news features often covered developments in Europe,
as well. Work by Purcell and Elmslie appeared in three separate issues
(January, 1913 [Volume XIX, #1];.
January, 1915 [Volume XXI, #1]; and July, 1915 [Volume
XXII, #1]). The firm controlled all aspects of layout and content,
and they sometimes combined photographs of their buildings with quotations from
various authors to emphasize the spiritual underpinnings of their cause.
The primal and primary statement of design
philosophy by Purcell and Elmslie is "The Statics and Dynamics of
published in The Western Architect January, 1913 (vol. 19, #1), pp. 1-4.