Stahl House

A look into mid century living

During the economic boom following the end of World War II, Arts & Architecture magazine commissioned several prominent American architects of the time to experiment with housing design, largely in and around California. The brief involved building inexpensive model homes. The initiative came to be known as The Case Study Houses.

Case Study House #22 in the Hollywood Hills, also known as The Stahl House, was designed by architect Pierre Koenig and built for the Stahl family.  The house is notorious for the photo taken by architectural photographer Julius Shulman, flexing its impressive cantilevered living space over what seems like the endless sprawling City below. 

We visited the Stahl house in Los Angeles during a glorious sunset. The iconic floor to ceiling glass throughout the house frames panoramic views of the City. The project is founded on the use of simple and standard materials; exposed post and beam steel framing, continuous from exterior overhangs to interior living areas. In 1999, the house was declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument.