Historic home opens to the public

Historic home opens to the public

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - People who appreciate architecture have the opportunity to tour a unique and historic home on East Beach in Ocean Springs.

The Charnley-Norwood home, which is owned by the Department of Marine Resources and is part of the Mississippi Heritage Trail, is billed as, "The story of two brilliant architects and one humble cottage." The structure was designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, and is considered an architectural gem and ushered in a turning point for residential architecture in the United States.

Sullivan is known as the "father of the skyscraper" and his young apprentice at the time, Frank Lloyd Wright would rise to prominence as one of the four Masters of Modern Architecture.

The home is inviting and spacious; adorned with wood from floors to walls to ceiling. Abundant windows allow for the beauty of natural light and provide visitors with breath taking views of ancient live oaks and the waterfront not far away.

Knocked off its foundation by Katrina, this historic home has been lovingly and painstakingly restored to its former beauty. It is open to the public for tours on Friday and Saturdays.

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