The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon

The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon

by Shari Stahl Gronwald (Author)

The Stahl House: Case Study House #22, The Making of a Modernist Icon is the official autobiography of this world-renowned architectural gem by the family that made it their home.Considered one of the most iconic and recognizable examples of mid-century modern homes in the world, the Stahl House was first envisioned by the owners Buck and Carlotta Stahl, designed by architect Pierre Koenig, and immortalized by photographer Julius Shulman. This 1960 glass-and-steel home in the Hollywood Hills has come to embody the idealism of a generation in search of the American dream. As one of the Case Study Houses designed between 1945 and 1966 under the vision of John Entenza and Arts & Architecture magazine, this was an affordable yet progressive design experiment to address the postwar housing shortage.The result—a two-bedroom, 2,300-square-foot house with glass walls that disappear into a 270-degree panorama of Los Angeles—became Koenig's pièce de résistance. The Stahl House broke rules, defied building codes that discouraged building on cliffs, and expanded the possibilities of residential architecture. The glass walls blurred the boundary between indoors and outdoors. The building seemed to merge with the city itself, the lines of the structure aligning with the geometry of the city's gridded streets. "Los Angeles becomes an extension of the house and vice versa," Koenig said. "The house is just a part of the city."The book shares the never-before-told inside story by the Stahl family's adult children who grew up there and still graciously give home tours to fans from around the world. Through extensive research and interviews, historical information and personal photos are featured. This includes Buck Stahl's initial vision of the home with his own DIY schematic model for how to build on the complicated site. It also includes blueprints, floor plans, and sketches by Pierre Koenig, as well as Julius Shulman's renowned photographs. Additionally, photographs of the house used in high-end, fashion ad campaigns and film and television are also included, cementing The Stahl House's prominence in contemporary culture.

Immerse yourself in the captivating story of "The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon" by Shari Stahl Gronwald, an inspiring narrative that delves into the creation of a legendary architectural masterpiece. This book offers a captivating journey through the vision, challenges, and triumphs behind the iconic Stahl House in Los Angeles, California.

In "The Stahl House," Gronwald pens a comprehensive account of the remarkable collaboration between renowned architect Pierre Koenig and C.H. "Buck" Stahl, the visionary owner who commissioned this groundbreaking residence. Discover the origins of this iconic structure, from its conception as part of the Case Study House program to its realization as a symbol of modern architecture.

Gronwald's engaging narrative captures the essence of the Stahl House, highlighting its innovative design, exquisite materials, and seamless integration with the surrounding natural landscape. Through captivating storytelling, the book transports readers to the heart of this architectural gem, unraveling the intricacies of its construction and the stories of the individuals who brought it to life.

Beyond its architectural significance, "The Stahl House" unveils the personal journey of C.H. Stahl, a passionate art collector and patron of modern art. Gronwald delves into Stahl's unwavering belief in the transformative power of art and architecture, showcasing his vision for a home that would not only serve as a residence but also as a gallery and a platform for artistic expression.

With meticulous research and vivid storytelling, Shari Stahl Gronwald brings to life the legacy of the Stahl House, capturing its enduring influence on modern architecture and its status as a beloved cultural landmark. "The Stahl House" is an essential read for architecture enthusiasts, design aficionados, and anyone fascinated by the intersection of art, architecture, and history.


192 pages