firm active: 1907-1921

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

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Historical Continuities

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To understand the strong moral integrity and enthusiasm for life that motivated William Gray Purcell, look at the history of his family.  Immigrating to the colonies prior to the Revolutionary War, the Gray family history continued into pioneering a homestead in the Ohio wilderness in the early nineteenth century.

William Cunningham Gray,  Purcell's grandfather, was among the first generation born on the farm.  He went on to become a widely read naturalist philosopher, most known for a weekly column called "Camp Fire Musings" published in his newspaper The Interior. [I'll get some of the Musings up here eventually]

Meanwhile, a history of the firm written from the biographical perspective of William Gray Purcell presents events and relationships as they unfolded in each partnership appears in these essays from the Guide to the William Gray Purcell Papers:


  The Marker at the End of the Road: LHS Grave Monument by Thomas Tallmadge & Cie, 1924.


research courtesy mark hammons