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Stahl House

Coordinates: 34°06′02″N 118°22′13″W / 34.100437°N 118.370152°W / 34.100437; -118.370152
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Stahl House /
Case Study House #22
The Stahl House in 2005
Stahl House is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Stahl House
Stahl House is located in California
Stahl House
Stahl House is located in the United States
Stahl House
Location1635 Woods Drive
Los Angeles, California
United States
Coordinates34°06′02″N 118°22′13″W / 34.100437°N 118.370152°W / 34.100437; -118.370152
ArchitectPierre Koenig
Architectural styleInternational
NRHP reference No.13000519[1]
LAHCM No.670
Significant dates
Added to NRHPJuly 24, 2013
Designated LAHCMNovember 9, 1999

The Stahl House (also known as Case Study House #22) is a modernist-styled house designed by architect Pierre Koenig in the Hollywood Hills section of Los Angeles, California, which is known as a frequent set location in American films. Photographic and anecdotal evidence shows that the architect's client, Buck Stahl, provided the inspiration for the overall cantilevered structure.[2] In 2013 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]



Stahl purchased the lot on a hill for $13,000 in 1954 and began meeting with architects to design a home for a parcel deemed "unbuildable" by other architects.[4]

Koenig's design was built in 1959 as part of the Case Study Houses program. The house is considered an iconic representation of modern architecture in Los Angeles during the twentieth century. It was made famous by a Julius Shulman photograph showing two women leisurely sitting in a corner of the house with an eventide panoramic view of the city through floor-to-ceiling glass walls.

In 1999, the house was declared a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.[5] In 2007, the American Institute of Architects listed the Stahl House (#140) as one of the top 150 structures on its "America's Favorite Architecture" list, one of only eleven in Southern California, and the only privately owned home on the list.[6]

The house was included among the ten best houses in Los Angeles in a Los Angeles Times survey of experts in December 2008.[7]

The house has been used in numerous fashion shoots, films, and advertising campaigns. Films include Smog (1962); The First Power (1990); The Marrying Man (1991); Corrina, Corrina (1994); Playing by Heart (1998), where it was used as the home of Jon Stewart’s character; Why Do Fools Fall In Love (1998); Galaxy Quest (1999), as the home of Tim Allen's character; Nurse Betty (2000); and Where the Truth Lies (2005).

Television shows include Adam-12, Emergency!, and Columbo TV Movie - Prescription: Murder (1968), the pilot episode of the TV series Columbo.[8]

The house is prominently featured in the music videos for I Don't Wanna Stop (2003) by ATB, "Missing Cleveland" by Scott Weiland, and also "Release Me" by Wilson Phillips. A look-alike was also included in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as one of the safehouses players can buy.

See also



  1. ^ National Register of Historic Places Nomination
  2. ^ Thornburg, Barbara (June 27, 2009). "Koenig's Case Study House No. 22 as home". Los Angeles Times.
  3. ^ Roderick, Kavin (August 19, 2013). "Case Study Houses finally added to National Register". LA Observed.
  4. ^ Martino, Alison (May 18, 2015). "We Grew Up in Case Study House #22". Los Angeles Magazine. Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  5. ^ Department of City Planning. "Designated Historic-Cultural Monuments". City of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2012-10-04.
  6. ^ "America's Favorite Architecture". American Institute of Architects. 2007.
  7. ^ Mitchell, Sean (December 27, 2008). "The best houses of all time in L.A." Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "7 things you never noticed about the Columbo pilot, 'Prescription: Murder'". MeTV. November 12, 2020. Archived from the original on November 12, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2023.

Further reading

  • Rozzo, Mark (July–August 2021). "House of dreams". Vanity Fair. 730: 66–73.