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Commercial Building for Carlyle Scott, project
Purcell and Feick
Minneapolis, Minnesota  1909

Text by William Gray Purcell
Parabiographies entry, Volume for 1909

Job Date (in Parabiographies entry): May 28, 1909

Carlyle Scott

Carlyle Scott was a Minneapolis musician and voice teacher, a delightful man. This commission was a tax paying investment, two stores on a corner lot, and made so little impression on our continuity that even its existence was not recalled. Turning the carefully made drawings, as fresh and crisp as the day they first rushed off to Rogers, the blue-printer, I find that even in this routine design the show windows provide for better display. The transom frieze is treated as a decorative area divided into plain reticulations with a strong horizontal movement, and most important, the simple sheet metal coping is detailed so that the signs, when hung at the conventional slant, would themselves form the actual "cornice." The construction is all very efficiently shown, the heat and ventilation and service planned for.

    Collection: William Gray Purcell Papers, Northwest Architectural Archives, University of Minnesota [AR:B4d1.3]
research courtesy mark hammons