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E.L. Powers House, 1910
Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie
1635 West 26th Street, Minneapolis

Purcell received the commission for the E.L. Powers House shortly after Elmslie joined the firm, bringing with him a skill in spatial arrangement and organic design. The architects radically rearranged the typical house plan to fit the site, situating the living areas in the back to take advantage of a view, now obscured, of the lake. The hexagonal tower between the screen porch and the entry is the defining feature of the front fa├žade. Like the Catherine Gray House, the Powers House featured a brick-clad lower level and an earthen-colored stucco upper level (since painted white). Powers, a vice-president of the Butler Brothers mail-merchandising company, asked Purcell and Elmslie to cut costs on the original scheme. The team complied with Powers's request, but Elmslie still managed to devise a system of ornament matching Sullivan's best efforts and setting a precedent for Purcell's own house. He designed terra-cotta decorations with stylized plant motifs for the entrance and the interior fireplace wall, art-glass panels with geometric plant forms for the porch doors and bookcase doors, built-in and freestanding furniture for the dining room, all with organic sawed-wood designs, and custom stencils throughout the house. next stop >

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