||A North Carolina 501C3 Educational Nonprofit Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Residential Modernist Architecture
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HENRY DOLE NORRIS, AIA (1913-1992)
Henry Dole Norris was born in Brookline MA. He attended the University of Miami and worked for a architectural firm in Miami Beach. He met his wife Anna after WWII on a blind date then took jobs as a production illustrator in an airplane company in Homestead FL and what became Bell Aircraft in Marietta GA. He opened a private practice as Henry D. Norris, AIA. His house plans were widely published in magazines such as Better Homes and Gardens. Later in the 1970's he started Heritage Homes Plan Service to sell home plans. The Historical Society of Atlanta has his working drawings.
Norris' grandson, Allen Josey, in one of his most prized pieces of furniture, a Knoll chair and ottoman.
1967 - The Helen Perry Residence, 3435 Rugby Road, Durham. The original design by Norris appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, September 1967 (ad above). Built by William (Bill) Chestnut. Sold in 2000 to Keith and Jill Kaye. Sold around 2007 to Sally and David Vasbinder. Sold in 2015 to The Martha M. Clemons Trust. Renovations by Lee Tripi.
1970 - The Richard C. and Marjorie L. Leimbach House, 2131 North Oak Lane, Durham. Another example of the Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 design. Built by William (Bill) Chestnut. Interior design by Dan Addison. Sold in 2014 to Nathan and Brandie Sweany.
1975 - The Robert and Jane Needham House, 2017 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill. Built by JP Goforth from a plan book designed by Norris. Sold in 1978 to Joel and Myrna Schwartz.
Around 1967 - Lake Holiday, northern VA. Example of the Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 plan. Scheduled for demolition in 2016.
Sources include: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Helen Perry, Anna Manos Norris, Joel Schwartz, Lezlie Butts.