Ready, Set… Stahl House

Ready, Set… Stahl House

Pierre Koenig’s visionary Case Study Home No. 22,  perched in the Hollywood Hills and floating high above Sunset Strip, has attracted everyone’s modernist lens — from legendary photographer Julius Schulman to Wilson-Phillips to “Nurse Betty,” among countless fashion shoots and TV commercials.  Earlier this year, it captured mine.

The home, commissioned by Carlotta and Buck Stahl, remains privately owned.

Interesting facts:

  • In 1954, the vacant lot was purchased for $13,500
  • Buck Stahl canvassed L.A. for concrete and hauled it to the vacant site
  • The home’s year built: 1958, International Style
  • The Stahl children, life vest adorned, were taught to swim immediately in anticipation of the steep hillside below
  • The home was declared Historic-Cultural Monument No. 670 in 1999 by the City of L.A.

A visit to the home, either for an afternoon or evening viewing, will cost $30 or $40 respectively.

Is it worth the cost?  Definitely.  Guests are free to take photographs (non-commercial use, of course) throughout the home and admire views of iconic LA — spanning Downtown L.A. to Century City to Catalina.

For more information, visit the Stahl House website.

The photo that captured our collective architectural imagination, courtesy of Julius Schulman:

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