Fundraising Tour

Detail from the Beebe/Leuthold House (1912) by Purcell, Feick & Elmslie, one of the homes featured on the July 22 Prairie School bus tour with Preserve Minneapolis

Minneapolis historic preservation nonprofit Preserve Minneapolis is hosting “The Prairie School: A Protest Movement,” a bus tour of five landmark Twin Cities homes on Saturday, July 22, featuring rare access to interiors, homeowner conversations and commentary from a renowned architectural historian.

The tour – part of the Preserve Minneapolis summer events series – is the organization’s annual fundraising event, designed to further its mission of promoting and celebrating the city’s historic architectural and cultural resources through advocacy, education, and public engagement.
For this very special event, guests will tour the interiors of five Prairie School houses in Minneapolis and St. Paul – four by Purcell & Elmslie and one by Kirby Snyder. The tour includes the following historic homes:

Owre House (1911)
Purcell, Feick & Elmslie
2625 Newton Ave. So.

Kirby Snyder House (1915)
Kirby Snyder
4101 Lyndale Ave. So.

Bachus House (1915)
Purcell & Elmslie
212 W. 36th St.

Fritz Carlson House (1917)
Purcell & Elmslie
3612 17th Ave. So.

Beebe/Leuthold House (1912)
Purcell, Feick & Elmslie
2022 Summit Ave.

The tour will also feature an introductory lecture from architectural historian Richard Kronick. Richard has presented more than 30 lectures and courses on the history of architecture for universities, art museums, and arts associations and has planned and led more than 40 architecture tours in the Midwest and in Europe.

“None of the architects we think of as members of the Prairie School ever referred to themselves by that name,” Kronick said. “They considered themselves ‘progressive’ architects, and they saw themselves as reformers fighting alongside the progressive politicians of their era, rejecting classicism and designing buildings with a close relationship with nature. Accordingly, Prairie School architects preferred natural materials, sweeping walls of glass and abundant woodwork. We will see all of these themes throughout the July 22 tour.”

Lunch is included in this tour, with your choice of sandwich plus chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water. A light snack will also be provided in the late afternoon. Homeowners will be on hand to answer questions during the tour, which begins at 12:00 p.m. at Lake Harriet Spiritual Community (LHSC), 4401 South Upton Avenue, Minneapolis.

Tickets are $100, 70 percent of which is tax-deductible. All proceeds benefit Preserve Minneapolis. For tour registration, visit Eventbrite. Registration will close at midnight on July 19th, but space is limited so please register as early as possible.

“The Prairie School: A Protest Movement” Architectural History Bus Tour
Presented by Preserve Minneapolis
Saturday, July 22 – 12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Lake Harriet Spiritual Community – 4401 South Upton Avenue, Minneapolis
Tickets: $100 – purchase tickets at Eventbrite (70 percent of the cost is tax-deductible)
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