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Lecture: Purcell & Elmslie: Spiritualistic Place-Making

  • St. John's Episcopal Church 4201 Sheridan Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55410 United States (map)

January 30, 7-9 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church, 4201 Sheridan Ave. So., Minneapolis, MN  55410

Linden Hills History Study Group --

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.

Earlier Event: January 23
Executive Committee Meeting
Later Event: February 13
Development Committee Meeting