OS home designed by famous architects opened to the public

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A historic Ocean Springs home designed by world renowned architects was opened to the public Sunday.

The American Institute for Architects says this late 19th century home's design set a precedent that was repeated around the world. We went on a tour of the home today to learn about its significance in the world of architecture.

Sunday was the most foot traffic the historic Charnley-Norwood house on East Beach Drive in Ocean Springs has seen in a while.

Viewed as one of the most significant homes in America the building that's named for its' former owners was designed by famous architects Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright. The design of the home really stood out when it was built back in 1890.

"Well most houses in the late 19th century what we call the Victorian era were mostly vertically oriented. And of course they're known for having lots of frilly details added to them," said Ken P'pool the deputy state historic preservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

P'pool says the home was radically different because its open, horizontal orientation. He says the yellow pine and curly pine covered rooms flow into one another which was unusual during the Victorian era.The homes drastically different design greatly impacted 20th century American residential architecture.

"The way we live in houses today, the ideas behind those ways originated right here in the design of this building," P'pool said.

In 2011 the house was purchased by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and restored by the department of archives and history. People who toured the house were asked what they thought would be the best use for the home.

"Use it as a teaching museum, especially an architecture teaching museum, but you could also, as my friend said, teach art. People could come here and paint," said Julia O'Neal a nearby resident who toured the home.

If you didn't get a chance to see this home, tours will continue throughout the month of December on Fridays and Saturdays from to 2 to 5 p.m.

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources purchased the home for a little more than $1 million. Funding to restore the home came from the Mississippi Hurricane Relief Grant for Historic Preservation. Prior to being purchased by DMR the home was privately owned.

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