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.
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. Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 design. Built by William (Bill) Chestnut. Sold to William M. and Patsy 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.
1970 - The Richard C. and Marjorie L. Leimbach House, 2131 North Oak Lane, Durham NC. 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 - 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. Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 plan. Sold in 1980 to Otto Szentesi, still owner as of 2017.
1975 - The Robert and Jane Needham House, 2017 South Lakeshore Drive, Chapel Hill NC. Built by JP Goforth from a plan book designed by Norris. Sold in 1978 to Joel and Myrna Schwartz.
1977 - The Pirson House, Buffalo NY. Better Homes and Gardens September 1967 design. Photos by son Thom Pirson.
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.
Sources include: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Helen Perry, Anna Manos Norris, Joel Schwartz, Lezlie Butts.