Living Room, page 4 of 5
Light Throughout the Day
In designing and decorating the house according to an open plan, Purcell and Elmslie were keenly aware of the effect of light in the interior. They therefore positioned windows to capture the sun's rays throughout the day. Purcell was obviously satisfied with their efforts.
"Under the seven foot eave projection over the great East windows the sun comes in the first thing in the morning, and in the winter time since in Minnesota it stays close to the horizon all day, it slants into the room until noon. On summer evenings I have seen the orange red squares of setting sun sending ribbons of light down the whole length of the fifty odd feet of Living Room and flecking rose colored spots of ruddy color on the window mullion of the East window--shadow and sunshine [basking] against the lavender light of evening climbing up the Eastern sky."
- from William Gray Purcell's Own House Notesnext page >