HENRY DOLE NORRIS, AIA (1913-1992)
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 1970s he started Heritage Homes Plan Services. His archives are at the Historical Society of Atlanta.
Norris' grandson, Allen Josey, in Henry Norris' most prized piece of furniture, a Knoll chair and ottoman
1954 - The Robert M. Faulk House, 701 Montana Road NW, Atlanta GA. Sold to Ian and Yvonne Bolin. Featured in the 1960 Better Home and Gardens Building Ideas Book.
1967 - The Helen Perry Residence, 3435 Rugby Road, Durham NC. 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. Renovations by Lee Tripi. Sold in 2015 to The Martha M. Clemons Trust.
Around 1967 - Lake Holiday, northern VA. Example of the Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 plan. Scheduled for demolition in 2016.
1968 - The Rebecca S. and Louis A. Brinkley House, 102 Wedgewood Court, Morganton NC. Sold in 2006 to Elizabeth W. and Glenn M. Gould. Sold in 2018 to Cheryl H. and Rodney L. Harper.
1968 - The Harold W. and Ann Lois Rogers House, 2417 Mont Haven Drive, Durham NC. A Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 design. Built by William (Bill) Chestnut. Sold to Patsy and William M. Aldred Jr. Sold in 1991 to Robert C. and Lori Leimbach Eberhardt. Lori grew up in the house at 2131 North Oak, below. Sold in 2012 to David and Lezlie Butts. Bottom photo by John Michael Simpson.
1969 - The J. B. and Ewing Harris House, 2525 Holly Lane, Durham NC. Sold in 1979 to Furman and Gladys Swett. Sold in 2002 to Ellen Corliss. Sold in 2007 to Wade and Merry Davis.
1970 - The Richard C. and Marjorie L. Leimbach House, 2131 North Oak Drive, Durham NC. A 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.
1970 - The Beverly F. Noyes House, 627 Lankashire Road NW, Winston-Salem NC. Designed by Henry Norris and John Normile. As of 2012 owned by Leonard Noyes.
1970 - 17 Eton Court, South Barrington IL. Customized version of the Better Homes and Gardens design. Sold to Gordon D. and Danielle K. Valdez. Sold in 2006 to Nick Photikarm, who provided the above photo.
1974 - The Henry Oosthoek House, 3180 Old Hollow Road, Walkertown NC. Designed by Norris and John Normile. Sold in 2008 to Charles B. Smith Jr. Sold in 2017 to Isidro and Zenaida Espinosa. Top photo by Myra Caffarey.
Around 1974 - 1030 13th Avenue NW, Hickory NC. A Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 plan. Sold in 1980 to Otto Szentesi, still owner as of 2017.
1977 - The Pirson House, Buffalo NY. A Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 design. Photos by son, Thom Pirson.
1978 - The Jerry and Ben Supple House, 191 Riverbend Drive, Advance NC. Built by Tommy Jones. Featured in Better Homes & Garden Magazine in 1972 as the reader's favorite house plan. Sold in 2003 to Thomas and Bee Gwynn. Sold in 2020 to Tim Burge and Ginger Bodenheimer who did a renovation. For sale in 2022.
1980 - The George R. and Brenda Barefoot House, 11009 Crest Mist Circle, Raleigh NC. Deeded in 2001 to Debra Edwards Barefoot. Sold in 2017 to Debra Warnick. Sold in 2018 to Reliance Capital Investments. Sold in 2019 to Bonnie Kidder and Curt Weikart.
1980 - 109 Harbourtown Drive, Kings Mountain NC. Sold in 2019.
Sources include: Atlanta Journal-Constitution; Helen Perry; Anna Manos Norris; Joel Schwartz; Lezlie Butts.