January 30, 7-9 p.m.
St. John's Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN 55410
Linden Hills History Study Group -- http://lindenhillshistory.org/event/purcell-elmslie-spiritualistic-place-making/
Cost: $5 at the door; free for members of Linden Hills History Study Group
In a partnership that lasted from 1907 to 1922, more than 300 building designs by William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie were constructed. P&E’s work has been widely published; however, little attention has been paid to the fundamentally spiritualistic nature of their work. In this lecture, I will define and discuss “spiritualism,” the notion that there are mystical aspects to the universe beyond what is apparent to our senses. Then I'll establish that P&E were spiritualists -- and show how they expressed their spiritualistic beliefs in writing and architecture.