Carmel Clay Historical Society presentation to feature architect Avriel Shull
By Renee Larr
The Carmel Clay Historical Society will host the next event in its speaker series at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Carmel Clay Public Library. Connie Ziegler will discuss Avriel Shull, a former Carmel resident and architect.
Shull graduated from Carmel High School before studying at Herron School of Art and Butler University.
“She went on to become a talented architect and designed several homes and buildings in the area,” said Emily Ehrgott, executive director of CCHS. “There are several interesting stories on Shull. She didn’t necessarily have a degree in architecture. She was just a natural talent. So, it should be an interesting talk.”
The architect married prominent Indianapolis journalist R.K. Shull in 1951. She designed homes in the 1950s, a time when not many women dared to enter the architectural field. Her Thornhurst Addition neighborhood, which is near Range Line Road and Main Street, is on the national registry for historic places.
“That is just amazing to have a whole neighborhood on the registry,” Ehrgott said. “It’s an entire neighborhood of mid-century modern homes, which was her genre.”
CCHS presents its speaker series throughout the year focusing on Carmel history. Ziegler is an author and historian who has written about Shull in the past. For more information, visit carmelclayhistory.org.