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E. Frank Hussey residence, project
Purcell, Feick and Elmslie
Minneapolis, Minnesota  1912

Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1910
Text by William Gray Purcell
for 1912

Job Date (in Parabiographies): March 20, 1912

E. Frank Hussey

The son of an important Minneapolis family, his brilliant and beautiful daughter married a multi-millionaire Chicago cosmetic manufacturer who had already been divorced three times under more or less scandalous conditions. The story continued miserably, dragged through the press for a year, ended like the others.

We designed a house for Frank, really as beautiful a small home as George Elmslie ever produced - and a very practical solution in every way.

Although the wealthy grandmother, who was putting up the money, seemed to offer no especial objections, the whole tribe just played along with the idea, and finally "bought a house for the children." It was fifteen years before they actually built, way out on Lake Nokomis, a house of conventional pattern, our brilliant plan still awaiting their need when they should know it.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.6]