Purcell-Cutts House, 1913, now a house museum of the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Louie & I flew to Minneapolis on Friday, Oct. 12, for my annual Oberlin Group meeting of liberal arts college library directors. Dear friends from northern Iowa, Julie & Dan, drove up to have dinner and Saturday morning with us before the meetings began. Dinner at Lucia's Friday was terrific (all of us had day boat scallops, YUM), as was the tour of the Arts & Crafts house designed by an architect, Purcell, for his own family in 1913. It's not huge, just two bedrooms, but it is full of beautiful craftsmenship and clever space-saving ideas. WHY he and Frank Lloyd Wright insisted on flat roofs in northern, snowy climates is a mystery to me, but the house is lovely. The built-ins everywhere are especially appealing for us today. They had a central vacuum system built in, too! Not much new under the sun, eh?