Address: 2625 Newton Avenue South
Construction Date: 1912
Contractor: Purcell, Feick & Elmslie
Architect: Purcell, Feick & Elmslie
Architectural Style: Prairie School
Historic Use: Private Residence
Current Use: Private Residence
Date of Local Designation: 1983
Date of National Register Designation: 1984
Area(s) of Significance: Architecture; Master architects
Period of Significance: 1900-
Historic Profile: The Dr. Oscar Owre House is significant for its Prairie School design by the prominent Minnesota architectural firm of Purcell, Feick and Elmslie. The house was constructed in 1912 for Dr. Owre, a University of Minnesota medical school professor. The design for the Owre house focuses on a central cube form which extends outward through the use of porches. Overlooking Lake of the Isles, the front façade features a glassed-in porch that takes advantage of the view. The massing of the plan, use of surface materials and fenestration all reflect the Prairie School design tradition. The architectural partnership of Purcell and Fieck was formed in 1907, and in 1909 Elmslie joined the team from the offices of Loius Sullivan. Together, these architects were responsible for many excellent examples, like the Owre House, of the Prairie tradition in Minneapolis.
Circa 1983, Unknown
2006, Minneapolis CPED
City of Minneapolis, "National Register of Historic Places – Nomination Form," March 1982.