Monday, March 6, 2017

Famous Homes: The Stahl House

There have always been homes, houses, and residences--sometimes palaces--throughout history that were or became highly influential to architecture and interior design. Let's examine one of these homes...which I'm sure you have seen in magazines, advertisements, or film or television shows.

The Stahl House--or Case House Study #22--was built in 1959 by Pierre Koenig in the Hollywood Hills area of Los Angeles as part of the Case Study House program sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine (previous prestigious homes in that series include the Charles and Ray Eames House or Case Study House #8, previously here). The Stahl family commissioned Koenig to build their dream house on the lot they had purchased four years earlier. And that house was destined to become an icon. In 1960, legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman took a photo of an image of two women sitting in the cantilevered section of the living room overlooking a night time view of Los Angeles and the rest is history.

The house's entrance guides visitors past a courtyard and pool into a public space area consisting of living room, dining room, and kitchen that is composed of steel and glass.

Of course the main feature of The Stahl House is the view and kitchen cabinetry is hung high and the fireplace is open so nothing impedes sight lines.

Like I mentioned, the Stahl house has been featured in so many advertisements, films and television shows over the years. Films include "Smog" (1962); "The First Power" (1990); "The Marrying Man" (1991); "Corrina, Corrina" (1994); "Playing by Heart" (1998), where Jon Stewart’s character lived; "Why Do Fools Fall In Love" (1998); "Galaxy Quest" (1999), where Tim Allen's character lived; "The Thirteenth Floor" (1999); "Nurse Betty" (2000); and "Where the Truth Lies" (2005). Television shows include "Adam-12"; "Emergency!"; and "Columbo." The house can also be seen in the music videos for "I Don't Wanna Stop" (2003) by ATB, "Missing Cleveland" by Scott Weiland, and "Release Me" by Wilson Phillips.

Here is a shot from the "Columbo" episode...

...and it even showed up on an episode of "The Simpsons!"

The Stahl House was declared a Historic-Cultural landmark of the City of Los Angeles in 1999. In 2007, the American Institute of Architects listed the Stahl House as one of the top 150 structures on their “America’s Favorite Architecture” list, one of only 11 in Southern California. The house was included in a list of all time top 10 houses in Los Angeles in a Los Angeles Times survey of experts in December 2008. In 2013, the Stahl House became listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can visit this historic landmark on guided tours offered by the Stahl House, Inc.
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Happy designing!

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