Dr. Oscar Owre House

The Dr. Oscar Owre House is a historic house located at 2625 Newton Venue South just north of Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was designed by notable local architects Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in the Prairie School style.

Dr. Oscar Owre House
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Dr. Oscar Owre House is located in Minnesota
Dr. Oscar Owre House
Dr. Oscar Owre House is located in the United States
Dr. Oscar Owre House
Location2625 Newton Avenue South,
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates44°57′28″N 93°18′20″W / 44.95778°N 93.30556°W / 44.95778; -93.30556Coordinates: 44°57′28″N 93°18′20″W / 44.95778°N 93.30556°W / 44.95778; -93.30556
ArchitectPurcell, Feick & Elmslie
Architectural stylePrairie School
NRHP reference No.84001446[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 8, 1984

Description and historyEdit

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.[2] It shares some design features with the nearby William Gray Purcell House, including the low, overhanging eaves, bands of windows, and the side entry.[3]

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 for the Owres, the house actually came in under budget, at $17,275.[4] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 8, 1984.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Dr. Oscar Owre House". Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission. February 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  3. ^ "Unified Vision - Architectural Tour - Dr. Oscar Owre House". Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  4. ^ Millett, Larry (2007). AIA Guide to the Twin Cities: The Essential Source on the Architecture of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Historical Society Press. p. 281. ISBN 0-87351-540-4.