Dr. John H. Adair House

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Dr. John H. Adair House
Dr. John H. Adair House is located in Minnesota
Dr. John H. Adair House
Location 322 E. Vine St., Owatonna, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°5′11″N 93°13′11″W / 44.08639°N 93.21972°W / 44.08639; -93.21972Coordinates: 44°5′11″N 93°13′11″W / 44.08639°N 93.21972°W / 44.08639; -93.21972
Area less than one acre
Built 1913
Architect Purcell, Feick & Elmslie
Architectural style Prairie School, American four-square, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 86001406[1]
Added to NRHP July 3, 1986

The Dr. John H. Adair House at 322 E. Vine St. in Owatonna, Minnesota, United States, was built in 1913. It was designed by architects Purcell, Feick & Elmslie in Prairie School architecture. It is an American four-square house.[1]

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, 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 National Farmer's Bank of Owatonna nearby.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ 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.