1. The horizontal lines of the flat roof and rows of windows recall the prairie landscape for which Prairie School architecture is named.
Model of the Edna S. Purcell house (now the Purcell-Cutts House), designed by Purcell and Elmslie in 1913. Maple, Plexiglas, nylon screen. Made by David Swanson, Construct Studios, 1997. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of funds from Kenneth and Judy Dayton
2. This decorative light fixture hung in the back porch of the Purcell-Cutts House. It tied in with other stained-glass features in the home.
Designed by William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie, Ceiling light fixture, 1913. Glass, zinc. Made by Mosaic Art Shops (E. L. Sharretts). Minneapolis Institute of Arts, bequest of Anson Cutts, Jr.
3. A dining room chair made for another Minnesota Prairie School home designed by Purcell and Elmslie shows how the partners unified the design of buildings and furnishings.
Purcell and Elmslie, Side chair, about 1914. Pine, oak, birch, horsehair upholstery. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, gift of Susan Decker Barrows