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Historic Houses of Charleston

John C. Norman House


Architect John C. Norman designed this Craftsman-style house at 1118 Second Avenue on the West Side for himself and his family. Norman was born in New Jersey, and studied architecture at Cornell University. After serving in World War I, Norman settled in Charleston and became the second African-American architect licensed in the state. He opened an office in the Knights of Pythias building at the corner of Washington and Dickinson streets and worked there for 45 years. In addition to other West Side houses, Norman designed faculty housing at West Virginia State University, an addition to Garnet High School, and public housing at Orchard Manor. His son is a noted cardiovascular surgeon.

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