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Avriel Shull Design in Meridian Woods

Tucked neatly into one of Indy's best-kept secret neighborhoods, this 1971 custom designed home commands some of the best views of Williams Creek in the city. Designed by Avriel Shull & built by Schutz and Thompson, this home has been lovingly restored & modernized by the architect owner while respecting the original Avriel design. Soaring ceilings in the Great Room connect to the custom Kitchen, Bar and Dining Room to make a perfect space for entertaining. These lead to a 3-season SunRoom which opens to wrap-around decks with built-in seating. The Owners Suite is sparkling new, and there's an adjacent hot tub with views of the creek and woods. Upstairs are 4 more large bedrooms and a huge living rm with a balcony overlooking the pool.

Marketed exclusively by Joe Shoemaker and Encore Sotheby's International Realty. For more information or to schedule a private tour, please call Joe at 317-413-8501 or email

Avriel Shull Design in Ladywood - SOLD

The perfect end unit in Ladywood! Designed by notable local phenom Avriel Shull, this 2 Bedroom 2 Bath condo offers all the Mid-Century Modern charm you're craving. Vaulted ceilings, warm paneling in the Family room, Avriel's requisite stacked stone fireplace, and a back yard and patio area that's to die for! 1-car garage and plenty of guest parking, too! Baths and kitchen maintain their original charm, with just a touch of updates. There's a terrific unfinished basement, too, that could easily be finished for additional living space!

Marketed exclusively by Joe Shoemaker and Encore Sotheby's International Realty. For more information or to scheudle a private tour, please contact Joe at 317-413-8501 or email

Evans Woollen III Mid-Century Modern - SOLD

Available for the first time in nearly two decades, this stellar example of Indiana's own Evans Woollen III stands out as a shining example of his finest residential works. Designed and built in direct lineage of Philip Johnson, Woollen's personal flair is exemplified in the luscious details and features which epitomize Modernism: walls of glass, simple and functional case work, terrazzo floors, a connection between indoors and out, and a stunning centerpiece fireplace monolith. The home presents a lovely vintage kitchen that's been lightly refreshed, stunning bathrooms, and an outdoor space that's private and serene.

Offered at $500,000 and marketed exclusively by Joe Shoemaker and Encore Sotheby's International Realty. For more information or to arrange a private tour, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email

518 Fulton St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Refined in its form, aspirational in its attitude, & superbly crafted in its detail, this urban chic oasis stands alone in its overall presentation. Step into a lifestyle enjoyed by a very few, & enjoy the contemplative solitude built with intention...all while maintaining an instant connection to the rest of our city. Open spaces are conducive to large gatherings. Private spaces are discreet & comfortable. Bathed in natural light, walkable to Mass Ave. & less than a minute from the highway.

Marketed EXLCUSIVELY by Joe Shoemaker and Encore Sotheby's International Realty. For more information, please contact us today.

Edward Pierre Design, 8170 Lantern Rd. - SOLD

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From atop a breathtaking ridge, this Edward Pierre designed home overlooks nearly 3 acres of lush nature & Mud Creek. Classic Mid-Century Modern design with floor-to-ceiling glass, vaulted ceilings, and enough true-to-period material to fulfill your vision of living in an architectural masterpiece. Nicely refreshed and tastefully improved, including a full Kitchen redo and bath improvements. Solid surface flooring throughout, and you'll enjoy the comfort of radiant heat. A rare opportunity!

Marketed EXCLUSIVELY by Joe Shoemaker and Encore Sotheby's International Realty. For more information, please contact us today.

Mid-Century Modern Ranch in the Woods - SOLD

Perched high upon a ridge overlooking Mud Creek sits this 1955 Cliff May-inspired Mid-Century Modern Ranch. Unassuming in its presentation, the interior is replete with period materials and finishes. From the vaulted ceiling with tongue and groove planks to the wall of windows peering into the woods, and from the lovely brick wall fireplace to the walkout basement with its own sunken hearth fireplace, there's a lot to love about this property and its secluded location. Only minutes from Geist and the highway, and with 3 rolling acres to explore, it's the perfect combination of city and country living. BONUS: The outbuilding makes a perfect yoga studio or home office!


For more information or to schedule a private tour, please contact Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email

Mid-Century Modern, Lovingly Renewed - SOLD

Presenting a work of art, lovingly renewed to the highest standards with guidance by award-winning architects. With provenance that's impeccable, one can imagine the stories a philanthropic power couple could tell of their life's work. Situated on a sprawling wooded lot, and built with expansive private and public spaces, this masterpiece of Mid-Century Modern design affords its caretakers opportunities to entertain hundreds...or to escape in quiet retreat. An artfully executed delight!


For more information or to schedule a private tour, please contact Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501 or email

Evans Woollen III - Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece - SOLD

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Hidden in the woods near Fall Creek, this Evans Woollen III masterpiece from 1951 stands as a testament to the brilliance that the Architect exhibited. A stunning jewel box, perfectly proportioned, lovingly maintained to original conditions, and with the unmistakable and sublime elevation of an early-period Woollen. 2-story glass wall looks over a wooded vista. Striking modern great room & fireplace wall. It would be a privilege to be the next caretaker of this one-of-a-kind modernist treasure.

Please contact Joe Shoemaker for more information, and to arrange a private tour. or call 317.413.8501

Eclectic Contemporary in Greenwood - SOLD in 6 DAYS

A rare opportunity to own an eclectic contemporary in a tranquil meadow minutes from Downtown. Designed by renowned local architect Jim McQuiston, this lovely modern space features light industrial aesthetic, including one-of-a-kind glass highlights. Dramatic lighting, lots of natural light, and outdoor spaces will delight. Open concept kitchen/living area, 2-sided fireplace, high-end appliances including Wolf & GE Monogram. Giant 3-car garage. Extra structure for studio/workshop.

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For a private showing, please contact Joe Shoemaker at 317.413.8501 or email

Mid-Century Modern in Meridian Hills - SOLD

Here's a classic 1952 Mid-Century Modern ranch in the Meridian Hills area. Walls of glass, gently vaulted ceilings, expansive family room with fireplace, built ins galore. BR3 can function as an office with its own fireplace. Partial basement with a light finish and gobs of storage. The intact MCM bathrooms are knockouts. 2-car garage, massive fenced in back yard. Proximity to community center, Holliday Park, Broad Ripple, Nora and the Monon. Add special finishing touches to make it yours.

For a private showing, please call Joe Shoemaker at 317-413-8501, or email

Another Mid-Century Modern SOLD

When Jeff and Sara started their search, they had a vision for their next home. Trouble is, there wasn't one available which suited them. That's when we dug into our past client files. Who had we worked with in the past who might consider selling their modern home? As it turns out, we'd had a conversation a few weeks prior with the then-owners of 536 Oakwood. Chris and Jeanne were just iffy about selling. I made the call, we put a deal together, and wrapped it up very quickly. Congrats to all the parties, and thanks for trusting us!


Mid-Century Modern Bath

Pristine, intact 1950's Vitrolite bathOh, how my heart did skip a beat. A client asked me to show him a Mid-Century Modest ranch on the North Side of Indianapolis a while back. From the street, it was very understated. But it maintained some of the characteristcs of a Mid-Century Modern home that he was looking for: big expanses of glass, wide eaves, stone exterior. And, to top it off... it was completely unadulterated. Everything was untouched. The St. Charles cabinets in the kitchen looked lke brand new. The mahogany paneling was luscious.

And then there was this.

I love this bathroom. The bright white Vitrolite tile walls, the shiny chrome hardware, the gorgeous tile floor. Some day I will recreate this bathroom in my own home.

The bad news? When this house sold, the new owners ripped out every square centimeter of this space. Bummer.


A Modern Home Search

When most people begin their search for a new home, they generally have a pretty decent idea of what they’re looking for. They know how much space they need in order to be comfortable. They know how many bedrooms and bathrooms they want. They know the parts of town they prefer. And most of the time they know the style they’re looking for.  Part of the challenge which keeps my job ever-changing is helping my clients find their perfect space. No two clients are the same.

I also happen to love architecture, most especially modernist design. From Art Moderne to Mid-Century Modern, and from Contemporary to Post Modern...that’s the stuff that makes me drool. And when I get to help clients who have an eye for something a little different, my job is that much more fun.

Recently, my friends Lalita and Garland approached me and asked if I could help them find a home. Let me start by saying that these friends and I are somewhat like-minded. We all understood that we weren’t really “normal,” that we’re kind of “misfits,”  and that we collectively might have a full deck. And we like homes with a funky quirk and a good vibe.

We all knew that once we found the perfect home, there wouldn’t be a question about it.  After several weeks and a number of near misses, the search was looking less and less hopeful. We’d found a few homes that they had liked, but perhaps the square footage wasn’t right, the bathrooms weren’t configured to their liking, or the home lacked the fireplace they really wanted. But...patience is key when you’re waiting for the right thing.

Then it happened. Seemingly out of nowhere…THE home…and a “For Sale by Owner” sign. Though working for a buyer and negotiating directly with a seller has a huge set of challenges not in place when I’m dealing with another agent, I knew my clients would love it and should go after this one.

From the outside, it had an understated 1950’s design, yet had terrific modernist characteristics. A one-owner home on a splendid lot with a walkout basement, gorgeous cork flooring, post-and-beam constructed living room with those huge expanses of glass my clients were looking for, and obviously loved meticulously. I was able to contact the owner so my friends could tour the home. They fell in love with it instantly, and after a few days of tense negotiations, we arrived at a set of acceptable terms. A few weeks later my clients were the proud owners of a spectacular Mid-Century Modern home in Devonshire. 

1964 Show Home - SOLD in 35 DAYS!

6208 Landborough S. Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

 Prepare to be blown away. The classic Mid-Mentury Modern stone exterior with its wide eaves and tall windows belies the breathtaking pagoda-like interior of this ranch home. A 1964 Home Show home, there are details and design elements that you've been waiting for. Soaring ceiling w/ stone fireplace, an award-winning kitchen renovation, cork flooring, dramatic lighting, in-ground gunite pool w/ back yard paradise. 4 BRs, 2.5 Bth. Large 2-car Garage. It must be seen to be fully-appreciated!

Modern Matters To Me

North Christian ChurchI'm frequently asked about my love of Modernist architecture, especially the über-kitchy Mid-Century Modern stuff like pink bathrooms, Vitrolite tile, boomerang formica, cork flooring and post-and-beam construction.

I'm not sure where I picked up the affinity. Perhaps it was when I was a kid and my parents would take me to Columbus, Indiana to visit family friends. We'd drive by Eero Saarinen's "oil can church" and visit the Commons, usually grabbing lunch at "the Greeks."

Maybe it was my exposure in college to the finest Graphic Design of the Mid 20th Century. My professors were steeped in the works of Swiss Graphic Design, and I learned very early on to respect the Deacons of Design: (including but not limited to) Paul Rand, Massimo Vignelli, Armin Hoffman and Josef Müller-Brockmann.

I was not the least bit surprised to learn that what I now consider "modernist" architecture had roots in the late 19th and early 20th Century in Central and Northern Europe. I am especially fond of the Bauhaus, with its influences on and by such notable Architects as Walter Gropius (the founder of Bauhaus), Le Corbusier, Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson.


Those clean lines, flat roofs, expanses of glass, the use of utilitarian materials, and the unification of the building with the space it occupies - including a respect for the landscape - inspire me to this day. Many of these Architects also designed furniture, lighting and other fixtures which fit the aesthetic of the buildings they created.

Whether it was my early exposure to the Architecture of the day as a child or my involvement with the Graphic Design of the era during my years at IU, I am to this day enamored with and absolutely love Modernist design.

(Photo of North Christian Church ©2005 Greg Hume, used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license. Photo of the Bauhaus School has been released into the public domain by its author, Mewes.)

You Can Live In Thornhurst - SOLD

It's not too late to make an authentic Avriel Shull home your very own, a rare opportunity to own a fabulous Mid-Century Modern ranch! This home and neighborhood were featured in 10/09 issue of Atomic Ranch Magazine. Christie's Thornhurst is in the National Register of Historic Places. Classic Avriel design complete with original kitchen cabinets, counter-tops, backsplash, bathrooms and lighting fixtures. Slate floor in entry and hardwoods in all bedrooms and hallway. You've been waiting. Now it's your turn to own a classic home designed by a local icon.

SOLD in 25 days!

Summer Love, Mid-Century Modern Style

Summer is heating up, and so is the real estate market. This month has brought a few new Mid-Century Modern homes to the market. Some are terrific and move-in ready. Others... not so much. And with listing prices starting well under $100,000, there are opportunities to be had across the price spectrum.

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SOLD $171,500
2602 Baur Drive., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Fabulous Mid-Mod home is truly unique! Open upper level provides loft-style living area, hardwood floors throughout, tons of huge windows, amazing light, new bath with custom cherry cabinets. Perfect for the style-minded gearhead, with climate controlled 3-car workshop in addition to 2-car built-in garage! Gorgeous landscaping on 1.5 lots. Quiet, stable neighborhood close to Broad Ripple. Home warranty included. Inspection already done--free copy to buyer! From Keystone & Kessler, E on Kessler 1 block, S on Tacoma, E on Baur.

(Listing Courtesy RE/MAX Legends Group)

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660 E. 82nd Street., Indianapolis, IN 46240

Wow...come look at this home. Nice location with some updates in place! This is a Fannie Mae HomePath property. Purchase this property for as little as 3% down! This property is approved for HomePath Mortgage Financing. This property is approved for HomePath Renovation Mortgage Financing College Avenue South of 86th, West on 82nd to 3rd house on right side of street.


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SOLD $85,900
947 E. Cragmont Drive., Indianapolis, IN 46227

Classic contemporary California ranch in an excellent area of Perry! Bright sun-drenched living room with extra large window and inviting Dining Room just perfect for entertaining. Great step saver kitchen with loads of cabinets and lots of counter space! Spacious bedrooms with large closets and all rooms have vaulted ceilings and sheltered windows. All located on a lush green fenced lot with mature landscaping. A warm unique home for someone looking for something better that the ordinary.

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318 E. Southport Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46227

This fabulous 60's home is true to era! The entry features a glass block wall and original tile work. 10 rms,4 bdrms, 3.5 baths, plus a bonus rm! The Indiana limestone fireplace in the family rm is truly a work of art! Vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, 11 closets, built-in's throughout, partial basement, and pontential in-law quarters add value to this home. All appliances stay. Some restoration or upgrades may be desired. Owner loves the originality and is selling home "as is." 31 North to Southport Rd. House 2 blocks from 31 on north side of street.


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SOLD $320,000
6105 Shawnee Tr., Indianapolis, IN 46220

Amazing 1951 Evans Woollen original mid-century modern home nestled into the most stunning back drop in the city.1.45 acre parcel is an oasis w/sweeping forest views & shaded tree canopy above.Full 2-stry expanse of glass blurs the line btwn indoor & outdoor living.Home is in pristine, original condition, & features:Terrazzo floors,block walls,gallery overlooking living space w/original spiral stair, raised ceilings & flr to clg glass walls. MSTR wing w/rec rm below, also designed by Woollen. East on 62nd St from Binford Blvd to Rucker Road. South to Orchard Hill. East on Orchard Hill to Shawnee Trail, to home.

(Listing Courtesy Keller Williams Indy North)

Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale in Indianapolis

It's been another really fun few weeks to be a lover of all things Mid-Century Modern. From the Evans Woolen events to some terrific new listings, there's lots to see.

As always, if you or someone you know is interested in seeing one of these homes in person, please call me directly at 317-413-8501 or shoot me an email at

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835 W. 53rd St, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Looking for something more unique than you've been seeing? This is it! Mid-century Modern 3BR/2BA Home w/Sophisticated Open Flr Pln*Step-down Family Rm Makes a Great Getaway*Living Rm Features Vaulted Clg & Dbl-sided Frplc*Dining Rm Open to Kitchen & Conveniently Located off the Living Rm*Spacious Kitchen Boasts Lots of Storage Space*Mstr Suite w/Private Full Bath*Two Spacious Guest Bdrms*Guest Full Bath w/Custom Tile*Hrdwds*Private Back Deck w/Pergola - Perfect for Entertaining or Just Relaxing From Meridian St, go west on Westfield Blvd to 53rd St. Turn right to go over bridge & follow to house on left.


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6105 Shawnee Tr., Indianapolis, IN 46220 $399,900 PRICE REDUCED TO $375,000

Amazing 1951 Evans Woollen original mid-century modern home nestled into the most stunning back drop in the city.1.45 acre parcel is an oasis w/sweeping forest views & shaded tree canopy above.Full 2-stry expanse of glass blurs the line btwn indoor & outdoor living.Home is in pristine, original condition, & features:Terrazzo floors,block walls,gallery overlooking living space w/original spiral stair, raised ceilings & flr to clg glass walls. MSTR wing w/rec rm below, also designed by Woollen. East on 62nd St from Binford Blvd to Rucker Road. South to Orchard Hill. East on Orchard Hill to Shawnee Trail, to home.

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