Dr. Oscar Owre House

The Dr. Oscar Owre House is a house in Minneapolis, Minnesota just north of Lake of the Isles. It was designed by notable local architects Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in the Prairie School style. Dr. Oscar Owre was a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. The house is generally cube-shaped but extends outward through a series of porches. The front porch is glassed-in and provides a good view of the lake. It shares some design features with the nearby William Gray Purcell House, including the low, overhanging eaves, bands of windows, and the side entry.

Dr. Owre and his wife, Katherine, were concerned that the house would come in over its budget. William Purcell later wrote, "Oscar was scared to death that this building was going to cost him more than he could afford, and had been told by all his friends that every building operation carried on by an architect was loaded with heartbreaking extras which would spoil all his fun, if not ruin him financially." Fortunately, the house actually came in under budget, at $17,275. The house is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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