Backus House Tour

  • June 28, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Backus House


This house was designed by Purcell and Elmslie in 1915 for Charles and Adeline Backus.  Charles Backus worked for the Metropolitan Music Company and tuned the piano at Purcell's own home on Lake Place.  He asked Purcell if he could design a house for him and his wife that resembled Purcell's own home but that he could afford.  In spite of its low budget of just over $3,000.00, the resulting house has received considerable acclaim and is considered the best example of Purcell and Elmslie's small open plan designs.
 
The Backus house remains in near original condition and includes all the characteristic features of the Prairie Style including bands of windows, horizontal trim, and a wide overhanging eave.  It also retains its original tinted stucco exterior, which is the only known example of a house by Purcell and Elmslie whose original stucco has not been painted over or restored.  The open plan of the interior has a spacious feel in spite of its relatively small footprint.  The interior features many built-ins, an unique master suite, and a 1915-style air conditioning system.

If you RSVP yes but can't make it, please change your RSVP to no as soon as you can.  No shows run the risk of having their group membership terminated.  Changing your RSVP from yes to no less than 24 hours before the event start time on more than two occasions may also lead to your group membership being terminated.

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  • Leslie M

    The owner was so passionate and knowledgeable.

    June 30

  • Teresa H.

    What a gem! And a somewhat hidden one, at that..... I grew up around the
    area but I don't recall noticing this home (shame on me...!) Rolf, the home owner, clearly loves and respects his lovely piece of architectural history - the Backus House is in good hands! As much of the home is still in original
    condition, it was a bit like stepping back in time - an architectural time warp that would still be a good fit for our present day housing needs. Thanks to Joseph for arranging yet another wonderful tour!

    June 28

  • Kelly

    hi

    June 24

  • Dasia A.

    I'm excited to see this home!

    June 24

  • Teresa H.

    Please let me know if there is "room for one more" as I would like to bring along my sister (who's also a vintage homes aficionado!) - Thanks!

    June 23

    • Joseph M.

      The process is automated. If someone drops out or if space is added those on the wait list are automatically added in the order they joined the list. You need to add a guest to your reservation so your guest is added to the wait list.

      June 23

  • Paperartist

    Unfortunately I won't be able to make it on Saturday, but I hope someone else will have the chance to go. I look forward to seeing the photos!

    June 23

  • Grace B.

    Originally was planning on going but now have to work. Very sad : (

    June 21

  • sharon c.

    I think my sister would like to come with me ...it so - can we squeeze in one more ?

    June 16

  • Sue

    I look forward to seeing this house. I'd like to see the Smith Liepke House but already have plans for that day.

    June 13

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