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Fred A. Larson residence
Purcell and Feick
Towner, North Dakota 1908

Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1908
Text by William Gray Purcell

Job Date (in Parabiographies): February 12, 1908

FRED A. LARSON HOUSE, Towner, North Dakota

Pretty advanced ideas in this house for one of Rolvag's "Giants in the Earth" 'way out on the treeless fringes of New Sweden. Just what changes they made when they built it, I don't know, but we said "Yes" and "No" to numerous askings by letter.

I thought that a little more room in the upper hall would loosen up these rigid Scandinavians, but Fru Larson wanted every foot of space in the bedrooms and didn't mind ship's passages to reach them. (Says G.G.E. at this point, "Righto, old girl! Darn these archytects."

We tried to reduce this house to its net construction - to organize its parts and plan into a working mechanism, and finally to revaluate the living requirements so as to disclose something happy and comfortable.

    Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.2]
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