10950 Beechwood Dr W Indianapolis, Indiana United States

The Golden Unicorn

Construction date: documented 1955*

Current name:

Scism House


Avriel Shull


L-plan, Mid-Century Modern

Historical Summary:

Lady Hamilton Estates is one of the early post-war suburbs of Clay Township. The subdivision includes 34 lots laid out around a circular drive. Most of the houses follow plans typical of Ranch style architecture. This house is the first house designed by noted local architect Avriel Shull. Shull is known for her experimentation with what became the Mid-Century Modern style and went on to build many other houses in the area, including the National Register-listed Christie's Thornhurst subdivision.


Status of Historic Designation:

Not currently designated at national, state, or local level

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This may be the first house designed by noted architect Avriel Shull. If this is in fact Shull's "The Golden Unicorn," then it is significant as the first design created by this important architect.

Evaluation of Potential Eligibility:

Individually eligible
Potentially eligible as a contributing resource

Architectural Description:

This is a 1-story house in the Mid-Century Modern style built in 1955. The structural system is frame. The foundation is concrete. Exterior walls are original vertical plank siding. The building has a shed roof clad in original rubberized/asphalt composite. There is a large, Permastone clad chimney protruding from the roof and south wall of the house. Windows are original wood, 1-light fixed. There is a single-story, single-bay recessed porch. The primary entryway is located near the center of the façade.

* Date source: Hamilton County GIS

Description generated by RuskinARC.