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Stahl House, Los Angeles

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4.7/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
The Stahl House, aka Case Study House #22, is a modernist styled house in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California that was designed by Pierre Koenig. Photographic and anecdotal evidence suggests that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, may have provided an inspiration for the overall structure.

Built in 1959 and part of the Case Study Houses program, the house is considered an iconic representation of modern architecture in Los Angeles during the 20th century. It was made famous by a photograph by Julius Shulman showing two women leisurely sitting at a corner of the house with a panoramic view of the city through the floor-to-ceiling glass walls at night. The house was, and is, used in numerous fashion shoots, ad campaigns and five films.

In 2007, the American Institute of Architects listed the Stahl House (#140) as one of the top 150 structures on its "America's Favorite Architecture" list, one of only 11 in Southern California, and the only privately owned home on the list.
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  • Visit a house icon of modernism Californian, not to be missed if you are passionate about. Book several weeks in advance, the visit of the evening is particularly sumptuous to the sunset over Los Angeles. Read all warnings and instructions before the visit (arrived 15 minutes before, no camera except phone laptop etc). We had the chance to visit with a person of the Stahl family who was able to enhance his point of trivia that is not in the books.
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  • Wonderful tour and plenty of time to browse, inspect and enjoy. Small house , huge views and simple design that will inspire you to dream of your own project! Reserve your space early. We tried to get...  read more »
  • Asolutely stunning house and panoramic view of Los Angeles. Go early evening to see the house and environs in daylight, sunset, and the nighttime twinkling city lights. 
  • Beautiful house! A must see! I recommend the evening visit with the sunset. The house has been staged by DWR and looks perfect, views are sensational! Shari was at the house during our visit and shared so many personal moment in the house. She was so nice and passionate about the house. The two guides were also true mid-century lovers and really knowledgeable. Such a great experience!
  • As in many of Britain's country houses, family members still live here. And for an admirer of mid-century modernism in architecture, this is a rare opportunity. No photograph--even Julius Shulman's--can match the three-dimensional experience of the diaphanous 8'-by-10' plate glass enclosures, the rational and highly articulate structure, the drama of the hilltop site, and more than anything else, the centrality of the swimming pool. The story of how Mr. Stahl conceived of using the almost unbuildable site for a house that was to be about the views and how, as an architectural client, he knew very much how to achieve that, is important. The docent did not lecture, but rather, let us occupy the spaces and then engaged us in conversation--almost like having a seminar or afternoon tea. (In fact, the tour graciously provides cold, bottled water.) Feeling like a welcome guest in a family home, I left having had a singular architectural experience. For the first time, I really understood what Steen Eiler Rasmussen meant in his 1959 book, Experiencing Architecture: "When his intentions succeed, he is like the perfect host who provides every comfort for his guests so that living with him is a happy experience."
  • Go here. A great example of modernist architecture and super lucky to have a case study houses that offers tours. Our guide was great, full of knowledge of the house and the local area. Make sure you book in advance. Amazing view of LA at sunset as a bonus.
  • What an amazing experience. I took my fiance' here for his birthday because, like lots of folks in LA and visiting, he loves architecture but has always had a special love for this house. It's dramatic in photographs, but opening up the door in person and seeing it with your own eyes is such a great experience. So much history, so many great photos to take, and a true representation of LA and Hollywood in the late 1950s / Early 1960s. It's an awesome present to give too -- and the tour guides are so sweet and friendly. The views are breathtaking -- we went during the day but thinking we'll have to go back for sunset for sure. Also had the pleasure of meeting Bruce and Sharon Stahl, who happened to be in town and staying at the house. They were so great and it felt extra special to hear personal memories they had growing up in the space and the reasons behind little idiosyncrasies of the house. It was a special day for sure. Highly recommend it :) xo
  • Superb. Scott gave us a great tour.
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