Purcell-Cutts House


Courtesy the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Bequest of Anson Cutts 90.92

Purcell-Cutts House
George Grant Elmslie, William Gray Purcell
  • Architecture

Situated with a view of Lake of the Isles in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis, the Purcell-Cutts House is one of the exemplars of Prairie School Architecture as practiced by the architectural firm of William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie. Originally designed (and named) for Edna S. Purcell, wife of William Purcell, the house was later purchased by the Cutts family and bequeathed to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, who cares for it as part of its collection and offers guided tours. Constructed in 1913, the house boasts not only art glass, stenciling, and wood-sawn motifs by Elmslie, but also innovations such as state-of-art heating and cooling systems and a central vacuum.