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020-5583 Azurest South

Azurest South
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2021

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VLR Listing Date 10/20/1993

NRHP Listing Date 12/30/1993

NRHP Reference Number 93001464

Azurest South was designed by Amaza Lee Meredith (1895-1984), one of the country’s first black female architects, as her own residence and studio in the Chesterfield County town of Ettrick. The compact, clean-lined dwelling, built in 1939, is among the Commonwealth’s few mature examples of the International Style, a style which developed in Germany following World War I and espoused a complete break with traditional architecture. Meredith was a professor at Virginia State University, founding and chairing the Fine Arts Department in the early 1930s. For the bathroom and kitchen of Azurest South, Meredith designed vividly colored and patterned floors, walls, and ceilings. The living room mantel is a stylish Art Deco design. In addition to homes in Virginia, and Texas, Meredith designed Azurest North, a vacation community for African Americans at Sag Harbor on Long Island. Azurest South is now owned by the Virginia State University Alumni Association.

VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: June 28, 2021