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Francis Buzzell residence
Purcell and Elmslie
Lake Bluff, Illinois   1914

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

Job Date (in Parabiography): December, 2, 1914

FRANCIS BUZZELL, Lake Bluff (House)

Mr. Elmslie made a very beautiful plan for Buzzell. This was rather in the nature of doing something to build up his interest in a dwelling project that was just beginning to take form in his mind. It was entirely beyond his economic situation. We therefore got down to brass tacks with the project. A sort of glorified single room with subdivisions following very closely the idea embodied in the Minnesota State [Arts Commission] house No. [229], which was later developed and built at Rose Valley, [Pennsylvania]. This little building under the oak trees in a location which was then very suburban, was a charming and peaceful home.


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