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Trulli Unique - Indianapolis monthly

Probably the only example in the country of Italian “trulli” architecture.
Tony Valanis

Before Evans Wool He designed some of Indy’s best mid-century houses and experimented with round, pointed-roofed huts called “trulli” houses in the Italian region of Puglia. His young clients Joan and Jordan Leibman knew they wanted a wool creation when they reached out to him in 1962, but weren’t sure what exactly. In the end, he delighted her with two stucco constructions south of Castleton, where they raised five children in the two houses. House Beautiful published a story about it in the 1960s. Joan, now widowed, still lives there and says that the “big circle and small circle” worked perfectly for seven people, and now the “big circle” is ideal for them.

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From the entrance door, the open floor plan of the “Big Circle” hut wraps itself to the left around a large cylindrical supporting structure that holds the chimney channel. A spiral staircase leads to a large balcony. The “small circle” area has conventionally separated bedrooms and bathrooms as well as an attic. About the experience of living in such an unusual structure, Joan says: “It is the light more than the roundness. The fact that it doesn’t feel cramped. “

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A living room with a round fireplace

Probably the only example in the country of Italian “trulli” architecture.

Exterior view of the round house

Probably the only example in the country of Italian “trulli” architecture.