|Avriel Christie Shull|
Though not trained as an architect, she began designing homes when she was in her 20s. She platted her first major development, Thornhurst, in 1956. Today, the neighborhood is remarkably intact and is regarded as one of the most impressive collections of her work. The houses include large expanses of glass, open floor plans and natural materials, such as limestone and brick.
Shull was a free spirited and somewhat eccentric woman who sometimes showed up on a job site wearing a bikini and sporting a cigarette in one hand and a tool in the other, giving construction workers instructions peppered with four-letter words and often laying stone on the exterior of homes herself. In addition to supervising construction sites, she also assisted with interior design.
In the 1970s, Shull created house plans for DIY home building magazines in the U.S. and Canada. She also designed commercial/industrial properties, apartment buildings and a library.
Shull died in 1976 of complications of diabetes.
From indianalandmarks.org, macduffrealty.com, indianahistory.org, wikipedia.org