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Property Name Beal, George Malcolm, House
Reference Number 15000937
State Kansas
County Douglas
Town Lawrence
Street Address 1624 Indiana St.
Multiple Property Submission Name Historic Resources of Lawrence, Kansas
Status Listed 12/29/2015
Areas of Significance Architecture, Engineering
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Lawrence�s George Malcolm Beal House is nominated to the National Register of Historic Places under the Historic Resources of Lawrence as an excellent example of a Single-family Residence: Contemporary House property type. It is nominated under Criterion B for its local association with George Beal, who designed and resided here while shaping the transition of the University of Kansas's architecture program from classical to modern. The Beal House is also nominated under Criterion C for its architecture and engineering. Beal expanded upon Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian design principles by engineering his house to take full advantage of solar gain in winter and shade in summer with his site-specific calculations for the roof overhang in relation to the nearly all-glass southern elevation. His calculations were derived from an original heliodon astronomical instrument he designed and built for early sustainable design classes at K.U. The house's period of significance currently spans from 1950, the year Beal began designing it, to 1968, when George and Helen Beal moved to the K.U. Sprague retirement apartments on campus. Though her association is outside the period of significance of this nomination, State Representative Betty Jo Charlton resided here from 1971 to 2014. Representative Charlton was the first woman legislator from Lawrence, serving from 1979 until 1994.

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