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Design for The Western Architect
Purcell and Elmslie
1914 (Volume XXII, #1 [January, 1915])

Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1910
Text by William Gray Purcell
for 1914

Job Date (in Parabiography): [1914]

Western Architect Special Number

This was the second time that our friends, Editor MacLean and Edward A. Purdy placed at our disposal an issue of the Western Architect in which to illustrate our work in architecture, to please ourselves. It was really a brave thing to do at that time, as any departure from the Beaux Arta conventions was looked on as little less than what is now known as "Red Communism". It cost them a good many subscribers, but MacLean said that they were well satisfied, and he thinks that altogether they helped themselves more than not. At any rate, both men were deeply and sincerely devoted to the cause of organic architecture, and anybody's attempt to produce something that was worthy of America rather than the continual coping of ancient and foreign models.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.8]
research courtesy mark hammons