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If you haven’t been able to tell already, I like visiting unique places, attending exclusive events, and taking photos of pretty things. That’s not to say that I don’t like to kick back in sweats and a t-shirt or get a little scrubby on a hike, but sometimes it’s just nice to spend the day being a little fancy! Case in point: the Stahl House, aka Case Study House #22.
I can’t even remember how I came across the Stahl House but it’s basically been bookmarked for the last few years, and it wasn’t until a couple months ago that I thought to actually look it up. So this last weekend I finally made it happen and bought tickets to go.
If you have heard of the Stahl House before, you may have heard the saying, “Nobody famous ever lived here” along with it. That’s because it didn’t start out famous. CH “Buck” Stahl bought the land for just $13,500, although that was probably a lot in 1954. It wasn’t until late 1957 that the Stahls hired architect Pierre Koenig to take on the challenge of designing the house on such a complicated plot of land.
Part of the reason why this house became so famous is how ahead of it’s time the architecture was for 1959. That and a most famous photograph captured by Julius Shuman in 1960. Located at 1635 Woods Drive in Hollywood, the house stands at 2,200 sq. ft. with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a swimming pool, and an indescribable view.
If you are at all a design/architecture/Los angeles lover, you MUST visit. You can pick from three viewings (afternoon, mid-day, evening) and prices and tour duration will vary. I picked the mid-day viewing (415P - 645P) because it was the longest tour and you basically get the best of both worlds: day, night and an incredible sunset.