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If you’re an admirer of the Prairie School of architecture and design, here’s an opportunity to learn more about its local roots. This summer, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is mounting an exhibit, “The Progressive Pencil: George Elmslie’s Prairie School Designs,” in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the institute’s Purcell-Cutts House near Lake of the Isles.

The exhibit showcases rarely seen drawings from the William Gray Purcell Papers of the Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota and a selection of related objects from the institute’s collection by George Grant Elmslie, a leading designer of the Prairie School style.

Objects include drawings for the Purcell-Cutts House, designed in 1913, and Elmslie’s designs for more than 80 leaded-glass windows, stencil patterns for every room and custom furniture that unified the interior spaces and gave the home its distinctive organic feel. A one-of-a-kind 1914 dining suite also is on display. The exhibit will run through Aug. 31 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Kim Palmer

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