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Peterson House, 1927-28
William Gray Purcell
3 Red Cedar Lane, Minneapolis

Purcell designed this house for the developer H.M. Peterson, who commissioned him also to design nine speculative houses nearby. (See next tour stop.) Purcell had not only left Minneapolis by this time but also had given up the Prairie School style, which now was out of fashion. He did, however, continue to follow progressive design ideas. The house, which has the feel of an English cottage, is built on a lot that slopes down to Minnehaha Creek. The full lower floor is partially built into the hill behind the house, which features such Prairie School-style details as art-glass windows and garage doors and the segmented arch popularized by George Maher. Architect John Jager, a friend of Purcell, planned Red Cedar Lane, named for the coniferous trees planted along the short street that remain green throughout the year. Jager's own home was 6 Red Cedar Lane. next stop >

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