HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A noted Hattiesburg architect who oversaw the restoration of a historic Gulf Coast home which is considered by many to be an architectural "missing link" spoke to members of the Hattiesburg Kiwanis Club Thursday.
Larry Albert presented a lecture on the rebuilding and importance of Ocean Springs' Charnley-Norwood home.
It was originally built in 1890 and re-constructed in 1897 following a fire. It's considered to be the first modern American house designed by Louis Sullivan (father of the modern skyscraper) and drafted by his intern and future famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
The home was heavily damaged during Hurricane Katrina but was purchased by the state in 2011.
Restoration began that year and was completed in August.
"It's only beginning to get that designation, the research has only started," said Albert. "It's like the missing link is found and being analyzed and studied, so we're right on the cusp of understanding that it is the breaking house," he said.
Sullivan designed another home next to the Charnley-Norwood house, but it was completely wiped out by Katrina.