Norris House was built in 1879, and given as a wedding gift to Cornelia Alice Norris by her parents in celebration of her marriage to Matthew Tyson Norris. The beautiful Italianate home nestled on Raleigh's fashionable Blount Street hosted many elegant events over the years, which were often chronicled in the society pages of The Raleigh Times. In the years that followed Norris House transitioned from a family home to a boarding house, and eventually an apartment building, before the State of North Carolina acquired the home for use as an office building. The State Bureau of Investigation, and later the Department of Archaeology occupied Norris House during its commercial phase. Along the way numerous alterations were made to the interior and exterior of Norris House.
The Grand Plan
Today, we plan to restore Norris House to her original Victorian Italianate splendor while retaining the space added through expansions over the years. The original front elevation, which was removed during a construction phase in the 1930s, will be restored with the reconstruction of the original facade as determined through forensic examination of the structure. A home which once hosted lovely events in the most fashionable district of the time will once again see merriment and celebrations within its walls, as Norris House will be available for private events upon completion. The home's history as an office building will also continue, with local law firm Anderson Jones, PLLC occupying the top floor.
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