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The Charnley-Norwood House, Ocean Springs

Recipient of a 2014 Heritage Award for Preservation Education

& the Trustees Award for Exemplary Restoration of a Mississippi Landmark

A watershed in American residential architecture, the Charnley-Norwood House was constructed in 1890 and designed by international acclaimed architect Louis Sullivan and his young journeyman draftsman Frank Lloyd Wright.  Severely damaged in Hurricane Katrina, the house came within inches of being hauled to the dump.  A collaborative partnership between the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources funded the $2.3 million dollar acquisition and restoration of this modern architectural masterpiece.  Under the supervision of Albert and Associates, Architects and the staff of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Gulf Coast Field Office, the house was meticulous restored by contractor J.O. Collins.

In By the Hand of an Unseen Poet, filmmaker Ellis Anderson has captured the evocative historical background and dramatic preservation rescue of this architectural masterpiece in Ocean Springs.  Produced by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the film can be viewed at