Rock Barbecue Pit

The rock barbecue pit was designed by William L. Monroe, Sr. and part of the original plans for Meredith House. The rock barbecue pit is a pit in two senses of the word.  First and foremost, it hosts a hearth kitchen and a grill / smoker pit with a separate flue.  Secondly and perhaps intentionally, […]

Interior: Light Fixtures

Another unique feature of Meredith House are many of the light fixtures.  According to the 1973 audio-recording with the architect, a number of these fixtures were designed by the architect.  James C. Wise noted drawing a sketch of a proposed fixture, taking the sketch down to Haley-Stewart Electrical Company, and having the fixture custom fabricated […]

Exterior: Badminton Court

Meredith House had a clay, lighted badminton court as an original feature.  The court does not exist today – – just a flat field.  The only remnants of the court are two metal poles.  One appears to have supported the electricity to the court.  The other may have been a light pole. The existence of […]

Exterior: Georgia Slate Roof

“There’s one thing unique about this house and no longer reproducible – – God only knows how much it’d cost you if you had to get it – – and that’s the roof.  That is Rockmart slate.” – James C. Wise, Meredith House Architect Those words from the architect to the Thompsons in 1973 (Track […]

1973 Interview with Architect

The Audio In December 1973, the Thompsons were wise enough to audio-record a walking tour of Meredith House with the architect, James C. Wise.  The Thompsons were the fifth family to reside in Meredith House and moved in during Summer 1973.  Through perseverance, the Thompsons inquired about the identity of the architect and ultimately located […]

1938 – 1954: The Merediths

Kenneth A. Meredith was born in Liberty Center, Indiana about 1903 to John H. and Zella (nee Mott) Meredith. John H. Meredith lived in Muncie, Indiana and worked in the street car barn according to the 1907 Muncie (IN) City Directory. By the 1910 Census, John and Zetta [sic] Meredith lived in Grant, West Virginia […]