Dr. John H. Adair House

The Ezra Abbott House is a historic house in Owatonna, Minnesota, United States. Built in 1913, it was designed by architects Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in Prairie School style patterned onto American Foursquare massing.[2] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 for having local significance in the theme of architecture.[3] It was nominated for being a leading example of Purcell, Feick & Elmslie's residential commissions in Southeast Minnesota, and for being Steele County's most outstanding Prairie School building.[2]

Dr. John H. Adair House
The Dr. John H. Adair House viewed from the south
Dr. John H. Adair House is located in Minnesota
Dr. John H. Adair House
Dr. John H. Adair House is located in the United States
Dr. John H. Adair House
Location322 East Vine Street, Owatonna, Minnesota
Coordinates44°5′9.8″N 93°13′12″W / 44.086056°N 93.22000°W / 44.086056; -93.22000Coordinates: 44°5′9.8″N 93°13′12″W / 44.086056°N 93.22000°W / 44.086056; -93.22000
AreaLess than one acre
ArchitectPurcell, Feick & Elmslie
Architectural stylePrairie School, American Foursquare
NRHP reference No.86001406[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 3, 1986


Dr. John H. Adair was introduced to Purcell and Elmslie by Charles Buxton, whose own Purcell and Elmslie-designed house was a few blocks away. The original proposal was for one of their traditional low-slung houses, but Adair found the proposed house to be too expensive. Purcell decided to raise the roof, later saying, "One can always see how I was always yearning for buildings with tall steep roofs and turned to that form whenever the occasion offered." The house has some resemblance to the Edward R. Hills House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Oak Park, Illinois, with three stories, stepped-back hipped roofs, and bedrooms in the attic. The interior features generously-sized rooms with built-in furnishing, art glass, and decorations in Elmslie's diamond motif. The fireplace has a semicircular opening with blue and gold glass mosaic accents, inspired by the nearby National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna.[4]

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Roberts, Norene A. (1985-08-10). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Dr. John H. Adair House". National Park Service. Retrieved 2018-03-25. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "Adair, John H., House". Minnesota National Register Properties Database. Minnesota Historical Society. 2009. Retrieved 2018-03-25.
  4. ^ Legler, Dixie; Christian Korab (2006). At Home on the Prairie: The Houses of Purcell & Elmslie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books. pp. 156–159. ISBN 0-8118-5041-2.