Location Information
(for the Charnley-Norwood House)
Name:Charnley-Norwood House
Address:509 Shearwater Drive (E. Beach)
City/County:Ocean Springs, Jackson County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:c.1890
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR District Name:Sullivan-Charnley
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:2
Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:05-08-2008
Recorded:02-28-2011
Book/Vol. No.:1634: 664-666
Brief Description
One-story, frame, three-bay-wide (ddd-dddd-ddd), Shingle style house with multi-hipped roof. The full-width, inset porch with picketed railing is supported by shingle-clad columns. Bays 1 and 3 are ribbon, wood 1/1/1 doors. Bay 2 is a 1/1/1 paired door flanked by 1/1/1 doors and round columns. Windows are wood, 1/1/1 casement, single and ribbon, 1-light awning or fixed; some with diamond leaded glass. There are hipped roof wings on the right and left with corner protruding, cutaway bays. The house has a pier foundation, shingle-cladding, and an asphalt shingle roof. Details include: brick chimneys (some with decorative caps), wide flared eaves, and shed roof attic vents. There is a hipped roof wing at the rear (north). It has inset porches with cutaway bays on the left and right (west and east), a hipped roof vent, and two brick chimneys.
Historic Information
Louis Sullivan visited Ocean Springs in 1890 during a trip to New Orleans. He designed two beachfront cottages and a guest house for himself and his friends, James and Helen Charnley. In 1897, the Charnley house caught fire, but was rebuilt by the then owner, Frederick Norwood. Sullivan was, again, the architect and reconstructed the house based on the previous building, but used the "reconstruction as an
opportunity to improve on the plan based on this experience with his own cottage." (from John G. Waite Associates historic structure report)

The house was rebuilt beginning in 2008 after sustaining
catastrophic damage from Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It was completed in 2013.