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Mrs. William H. Hanna, furniture
Purcell and Elmslie
Minneapolis, Minnesota  1914

Photograph, 1914

The furniture is made of white Cuban mahogany. 

Herein lies a tale.  This photograph was taken in 1914 for publication in The Western Architect.  The setting is the dining room of the Edna S. Purcell residence, also known as Lake Place, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The idea was to provide a context for presentation of the furniture.  However, the dining suite was naturally not designed for the scale of the room, nor to match with the materials present in the structure of the room.  For the purpose of display, and especially in a black and white photograph, the effect was acceptable enough. 

The suite is now in the permanent collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

   Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:P&E 284]
research courtesy mark hammons