Architects William Gray Purcell and George Grant Elmslie designed the Catherine Gray House in this neighborhood, at 2409 Lake of the Isles Boulevard; it is currently owned by Brian and Mary Longe. Purcell built the Catherine Gray House (his first project) for his grandmother, who funded the project to help Purcell and Elmslie launch their new firm. Purcell lived in the house with his grandmother until he married his wife Edna. After many years of alterations and lots of white paint, the house had lost most of its Prairie School characteristics. After an extensive historical restoration to the exterior in 2005-2006 by the Longes, the exterior of the home has been returned to its original beauty and is a fine example of early Prairie School in Minneapolis.
Behind the Catherine Gray House, on Lake Place, is another significant project by Purcell & Elmslie - the Purcell-Cutts House. The Purcell-Cutts House was originally called the Edna Purcell House, named for his wife. Purcell and his wife lived in this home and raised their two sons there. The Cutts family bought the house years later and lived there for many years, and then donated the home to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. The home is now a museum and is open to the public for tours. Signs denoting the neighborhood incorporate that window designs of this house.