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A Prairie School Gem
The Purcell-Cutts House is one of the most outstanding examples of Prairie School architecture in the country. Architects William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie designed the house for Purcell, his wife, Edna, and the first of their two children; it was built in 1913. Purcell wanted a house that would support a modern way of life for his family. He and Elmslie followed architect Louis Sullivan's principles of organic architecture to create an original and beautiful home that would be a strong contrast to the revival-style houses popular at the time. Both from Chicago, they had worked with Sullivan and learned these organic principles firsthand. next page >

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