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Elizabeth White House, Sumter County (421 North Main St., Sumter)
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Facade, 1977 Left Oblique, 1977 Left Elevation, 1977 Kitchen/Studio, 1977 Facade, 1988
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Left Oblique, 1988 Left Elevation, 1988 Left Rear Elevation,
Rear Elevation, 1988 Right Elevation, 1988

The Elizabeth White House, built ca. 1854, is significant architecturally as an example of vernacular Greek Revival design and for its association with Elizabeth White (1883-1976), a nationally recognized artist. Most likely, the house was built by John E. Brown, a merchant, ca. 1854. In 1886, the property was acquired by the Anthony White family whose members were prominent in the political, social and commercial development of Sumter. The property remained in the White family until the death of Elizabeth White in 1976. White’s work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution (1939), the New York’s World’s Fair (1939), and the International Biennial Exhibition of Art in Venice, Italy. One of her etchings hangs permanently in the Library of Congress. Under the provisions of White’s will, the property has been transferred to the Sumter Gallery of Art for use as an art gallery. Listed in the National Register March 21, 1978.

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