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The Marietta Pilgrimage
A Christmas Home Tour through Marietta, Georgia

The Shipp-Kinney-Norton House, c. 1929


The Shipp-Kinney-Norton House Photo

Constructed in 1929, this craftsman style bungalow was built for the Ralph Shipp family. Ralph’s wife, Grace, lived in the home for over 30 years, making her the longest resident of the home. The couple’s son, William, was born in 1933. William graduated from Marietta High School, attended Emory University and the University of Georgia, and became a highly revered journalist.


The family of Mr. Bill Kinney, Associate Editor of the Marietta Daily Journal, was also residents of this home. Mr. Kinney, who lived immediately across the street, wrote and edited most of the “Around Town” columns in the Marietta Daily Journal for the past four decades. He retired from the Journal in April 2013.


The home was purchased by Beverly and John Norton in 2004. Though the couple has completed an extensive remodel and renovation to modernize the home, they have taken care to infuse the home with historic charm, including the addition of period appropriate light fixtures and a 1920s cast iron bathtub. Original to the home are the fireplace and mantle, red oak floors, plaster walls and most interior word molding and doors.