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Mrs. William H. Hanna, furniture
Purcell and Elmslie
Minneapolis, Minnesota  1915


Dining table and chairs  Sideboard and chairs

Notice in the archival photograph that the chairs are covered in a light-colored silk damask. As they now survive, the seats and backs have been smothered in a dark brown leather.  This fate of going from vibrant light to gloomy dark coverings has happened to both forms of the triangular-backed chairs known to survive, the other example of which is the Edna S. Purcell residence reading nook chair.

Illustration of this furniture appears in the catalog for the "Purcell & Elmslie, Architects" exhibition at the Walker Art Center in 1953




research courtesy mark hammons