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Case Study Houses
Case Study House no. 22, Los Angeles | Case study houses, Case study house 22, Modern architecture
At the end of World War II, there was a great demand for low cost housing in Southern California with literally thousands of veterans returning home. In , the magazine commissioned the design of eight homes, and promoted the program until , with the completion of 24 houses and 1 apartment complex in the process. The original idea was to provide a model for low cost housing with good architectural design that could be replicated. Many of the homes that were eventually built in the program could hardly be described as 'affordable' however. The Stahl House has received the most recognition of all the Case Study Houses, primarily due to an iconic photograph taken by Julius Shulman shortly after the home was completed in In the photograph, two women are engaged in conversation, seated together in a glass house that appears suspended over the spectacular evening view of the city of Los Angeles below. It is perhaps the most reproduced image of a house in the history of photography.
Reflection of LA: Case Study House No.22, The Stahl House
Image Source: Shulman, Julius. Job Case Study House No. Accessed October 7, Image Source: Koenig, Pierre.
So many of the buildings I admired growing up have been drastically transformed. The city around the Stahl House has changed, but the house itself has not. More than one architect the Stahls met with insisted their dream could not be executed. Pierre Koenig disagreed.