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William Gray Purcell
Pre-P&E Designs and Projects, 1899-1906

William Gray Purcell attended the School of Architecture at Cornell University from 1899 to 1903.  During that time he entered a number of competition, winning First Prize in the prestigious competition sponsored by Andrew D. White, then Ambassador to Germany. Several other of his designs during the Cornell period were also published.  Following his short six month stint under George Elmslie in Sullivan's Auditorium Tower office in 1903, Purcell departed for the West Coast.  Unable to find work in Los Angeles, he took the advice of Myron Hunt and went to San Francisco where he became Clerk of the Works for the construction of John Galen Howard's California Hall at the University of California at Berkeley.  In 1905 he moved to Seattle for about a year, working in the office of A. Warren Gould before departing at his father's suggestion on a trip to Europe. 

An excerpt from the Guide to the William Gray Purcell Papers describes the scope and content of these documents.

X1 Design for Oak Park State Bank  1901
X2 Design for a City House  1901
Farm Village for William E. Benson, project
Kowaliga, Alabama  1901
Design for Andrew D. White Competition  1902
Memorial Stone for William Cunningham Gray
X6 Lockplate and Knob for National Savings and Trust Building 1903
Louis H. Sullivan, architect
William Gray Purcell, delineator
X7 Design for a Public Library  1903
X8 Design for a Bank and Office Building 1903
X9 Thaddeus P. Giddings residence, project
Location unknown (Oak Park, Illinois?)  1903
Design for a City Bank
also known as Bank of Reno  1905
California Hall
University of California
Berkeley, California 1905
John Galen Howard, architect
William Gray Purcell, Clerk of the Works
X12 House design for Oliver W. Esmond 1905
Amusement Park
A. Warren Gould, architect
William Gray Purcell, delineator   1906

research courtesy mark hammons