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G. L. Norrman (1848-1909)
Like most of his contemporaries, Norrman did not specialize or confine himself to a particular style of architecture. Instead, he designed a wide array of buildings in the most fashionable styles, using the latest technologies. His works included buildings for all three of the great expositions held in Atlanta in 1881, 1887, and 1895, as well as magnificent private homes like the Queen Anne masterpiece for Edward C. Peters on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta and Romanesque, shingle, and neoclassical homes throughout the Southeast.
During the 1880s and 1890s, however, he tended to do his best work in Romanesque revival styles for commercial, educational, or industrial structures. With the waning popularity of Romanesque forms, he proved adept at producing buildings with colonial revival or neoclassical features
This flexibility made it possible for Norrman to combine the artistic and business sides of his profession over a long career. He succeeded in creating a business that spanned the Southeast with hundreds of projects. They ranged from the Windsor Hotel in Americus, and the Bienville Hotel in Mobile, Alabama, to public buildings like Charlotte, North Carolina's city hall to a grand Beaux-Arts mansion on the Battery in Charleston, South Carolina, and a Neoclassical business building in Jacksonville, Florida.
At the same time, Norrman ceaselessly
Norrman committed suicide soon after the Atlanta firm of Norrman, Hentz, and Reid was formed in 1909.
Richard D. Funderburke, "G. L. Norrman: New South Architect and the Urbanization of Atlanta, 1881-1909" (Ph.D. diss., Atlanta History Center Archives).
Richard D. Funderburke, "G. L. Norrman and Atlanta's Great Fairs," Atlanta History: A Journal of Georgia and the South 61 (summer 1997).
Elizabeth A. Lyon, Atlanta Architecture: The Victorian Heritage, 1837-1918, 2d. ed. (Atlanta: Atlanta Historical Society, 1986).
Gerald Sams, AIA Guide to the Architecture of Atlanta (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993).
Richard D. Funderburke, Atlanta
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