Norris House was built in 1879 as a wedding gift for Cornelia Alice Norris and Matthew Tyson Norris. Once a jewel on Raleigh's historic North Blount Street, Norris House hosted many a fashionable event in her heyday. Over the years, renovations and expansions of the home were not always kind. Later owners converted the home into a boarding house, completely removing her original Italianate front elevation. In the 1970s, the State of North Carolina acquired the house and converted it to an office building. The State Bureau of Investigation called Norris House home for a period, as did the State Office of Archaeology. Eventually, Norris House sat vacant and fell into disrepair. Restoration efforts began in 2016. Norris House will soon be available for a variety of special events. We invite you to follow our progress in the blog and images portion of the website.