Meadowmont was once an open tract of land with a small house on it. Now stands the Paul J. Rizzo Conference Center which houses UNC Executive Education for the Kenan Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill. Alongside the conference center is the DuBose House, a home established by the DuBose family, which is currently used for serving meals, hosting events, and boarding guests.
Mr. David St. Pierre DuBose had long nurtured a dream of creating his own rural estate, and in 1931 he purchased several tracts of land bordering Orange and Durham counties. On this land, at the top of a small mountain, DuBose established his own home and working farm. The highlight of the property was the handsome two-and-one-half story Georgian Revival country house, named Meadowmont for its location atop the small mountain surrounded by meadowland. This home was to become the center of a distinguished social scene in North Carolina for more than 60 years, and the DuBose family became stewards of their families' long-standing traditions of generosity to The University of North Carolina.
Mr. and Mrs. David St. Pierre DuBose moved to North Carolina from Baltimore, where Mr. DuBose had worked as an engineer after graduating from UNC-CH. He used his skills and innovation to create a beautiful home that was technologically advanced, functional for the family, and welcoming to all guests that entered. Realizing that air conditioning would one day be a standard feature of private homes, particularly in the South, DuBose designed an ingenious network of ductwork and vents, all painstakingly disguised behind intricate and attractive Georgian-style open moldings. Meadowmont is believed to be one of the first private homes in the United States equipped for central air conditioning.