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Dr. Oscar Owre House, 1911-12
Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie
2625 Newton Avenue South, Minneapolis

Built for Dr. Oscar Owre and his wife, Katherine, the Owre House was designed for a narrow lot overlooking Lake of the Isles. Although the roofline is more steeply pitched than that of many Prairie School homes, the structure shares the low, overhanging eaves, bands of windows, and side entryway of the Purcell-Cutts House. Purcell wrote that Dr. Owre was "scared to death that his building was going to cost him more than he could afford." Purcell assured him that the house would cost no more than $17,275, including landscaping and decorating, right down to the window shades and curtain rods. True to his word, the firm brought the project in $35 under budget. Owre was so pleased that he asked the firm to return a few years later to construct a desk and bookcases for his study on the second floor. next stop >

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