Purcell & Elmslie Paul Mueller Studio For Sale
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Richard L. Kronick sends some information about the upcoming sale of the Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie-designed Paul Mueller Studio in Minneapolis, MN. Read more info after the jump... Richard writes: "I have learned that a wonderful Purcell & Elmslie building is going to be for sale soon. I want to do what I can to see that it comes into the hands of a preservation-minded person. It would be terrible if someone buys it and...
Richard L. Kronick sends some information about the upcoming sale of the Purcell, Feick, and Elmslie-designed Paul Mueller Studio in Minneapolis, MN. Read more info after the jump...
"I have learned that a wonderful Purcell & Elmslie building is going to be for sale soon. I want to do what I can to see that it comes into the hands of a preservation-minded person. It would be terrible if someone buys it and tears it down.
I'm referring to the Paul Mueller Studio, designed by Purcell, Feick & Elmslie. It's at 4845 Bryant Ave. So. in Minneapolis -- built 1911-12. The house is on a well-forested lot, so much so that it's hard to photograph (you can barely see it in the summer). I snapped these with my phone a few days ago:
Here's one of the back of the house that I shot in 2010:
Notice that the exterior is board-and-batten, a classic Prairie School feature that was much-favored by Purcell and Elmslie. Here's an interior, also from 2010:
The front room is delightful -- with its open-beam ceiling and five-eighths-of-an-octagon windows. Also notice on the left in the photo above that the front door is filled with a panel of Arts & Crafts-style art glass. I don't know who designed that glass. It might not be by Purcell & Elmslie. As I recall, none of the other windows have art glass.
Paul Mueller, P&E's client for this building, was a landscape architect. What P&E designed for him was not a house; it was Mueller's architecture studio -- a place of business. I'm not sure when it was converted to a fully functional house, but it has been that way as long as I've been aware of it -- at least 30 years.
And because it was designed as a one-man studio, it is a VERY COZY house, indeed. I'd estimate its total usable interior space at 600-700 sq. ft. It has a small bedroom in back, a small bathroom, a galley kitchen, and the one larger room in front. So it only works as a house for one or two people. The man who lived there in 2010 and was renting the house told me he was very happy with it.
The lot is 1 & 1/3 times as wide as the typical 50-foot South Minneapolis lot – about 65 feet wide. Given that and the facts that the building is small, it's on the north edge of the lot (a typical Purcell & Elmslie strategy to maximize sunlight inside), and there's no alley behind it, the yard is big -- and as I mentioned, has lots of trees and shrubbery.
Also, don't confuse the Paul Mueller Studio, which is the building described above and the one that will be for sale, with the Paul Mueller House. Here's a photo of the Paul Mueller House:
Paul Mueller, the very same man for whom PF&E designed the Studio, designed this house for his own family; it was built in 1912-13. The Paul Mueller House is at 4844 Aldrich, directly behind the Studio. The Mueller House is an excellent example of Arts & Crafts architecture.
Thanks Richard! If you or anyone you know is interested in buying and saving the Paul Mueller Studio, contact me via email and I'll put you in touch with the right people.
All images courtesy of Richard L. Kronick