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Amelia County Elementary School

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1994, Bond Comet Westmoreland and Hiner. 8533 N. Five Forks Rd.

A sprawling structure designed by a Richmond firm to resemble a farm complex, the school consists of a series of connecting buildings set off from each other by different materials and colors. The largest sections, reminiscent of local barns and other agricultural buildings, have metal siding with gable roofs and a long monitor. They are flanked by brick sections and the whole is linked by a “Main Street” running through the school. Designed to be uniquely Amelian, the school strives to reflect not only agricultural buildings but also the gable-roofed residential and civic build-ings of the county. Here the architecture of memory is used nostalgically and stylishly to recall ways of life that are fading away.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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