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1939, Amaza Lee Meredith

One dramatic exception to the campus's mostly Georgian Revival buildings is the modernist residence and studio Meredith designed for herself. The commonwealth's earliest known black female architect, she was also chair of the college's Fine Arts Department in the 1930s. Her concrete-block house, finished in white stucco, has clean geometric forms, a flat roof, and curving bands of glass-block windows emphasizing the rounded corners of the walls. On the west side of the house, the former garage was enclosed in the 1950s for use as a studio and darkroom. Attached to the studio is an open carport with modernism's favored inverted-V pipes as supports. Inside, the colorful interior has a massive Art Deco fireplace, bright mosaics, Carrara glass, and turquoise vinyl tile with metallic gold flecks. The building now serves as the VSU alumni house.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
Coordinator: 
Anne Carter Lee

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