William Gray Purcell House

Individual Landmark


Circa 1975


Address: 2328 Lake Place

Neighborhood: East Isles

Construction Date: 1913

Contractor: Unknown

Architect: Purcell and Elmslie

Architectural Style: Prairie School

Historic Use: Private Residence

Current Use: Private Residence

Date of Local Designation: 1975

Date of National Register Designation: 1974

Area(s) of Significance: Architecture; Master Architect

Period of Significance: 1913-

Historic Profile: The Purcell House remains as one of the finest examples of work done by the local architecture firm of Purcell and Elmslie. Greatly influenced by Louis Henri Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, Purcell and Elmslie brought the Prairie Style of architecture to Minneapolis. While they are noted for their residential designs such as the Backus House and the Wakefield House, the house Purcell designed for himself has been recognized as his greatest accomplishment. The structure’s horizontal plane and flat roof as well as the conscious use of natural materials and colors flawlessly reflect the Prairie School design ethic.

Photo Credits:

Circa 1975, Unknown

2006, Minneapolis CPED

Works Cited:

"National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," 1972.

Updated: February 2007

Last updated Nov 23, 2011