Monday, March 21, 2016
The Stahl House is a mid-Century dream home. In May 1954 the Stahl family, who still own the place, invested $13,500.00 in a small lot high in the Hollywood Hills. Over the following two years Buck and Carlotta Stahl worked weekends constructing the broken concrete wall that surrounds the buildable portion of the lot. In 1956, Buck Stahl built a three dimensional model of the home he and wife wanted to live in. In 1957, the Stahls showed it to Pierre Koenig who, along with other architects of the age, sought to bring modernist style and industrial efficiency to affordable suburban residences.
Here is Alex Qian's Stahl House case study project:
The house that became one of the most celebrated homes in America was owned by a blue collar family. “Nobody famous ever lived here” quipped son Bruce Stahl. The house was declared an Historic-Cultural landmark of the City of Los Angeles in 1999.
Read the story of the house here.