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Purcell-Cutts House
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Finishing Touches
Painted around two arched bands of wood, the work is embellished by the sawed wood and art glass that Elmslie had designed. Now cleaned, it remains today one of the most dramatic elements of the house.

Here, Purcell describes how the union of all these decorative elements made the hearth enticing for everyday use.

"On fine Minnesota winter mornings when the first level sun rays come slanting over the snowy house tops just at breakfast, the table time and again is laid in front of the Living Room fire. The electric toaster sits on the end of the hearth and the coffee and cheese and jam come down from the kitchen above at their leisure."
- from William Gray Purcell's Own House Notes
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