A Look at 10 Iconic Case Study Houses in California

A Look at 10 Iconic Case Study Houses in California

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By Jennifer Baum Lagdameo
Architectural photographer Julius Shulman's iconic image of Pierre Koenig's 1960 modernist masterpiece, the Stahl House—also known as Case Study House #22—shows the Hollywood Hills home overlooking the sprawling City of Angels below (one of his shots of the house is shown below on the cover of a new book from Gestalten). It turned the photogenic Stahl House (shown above through an architecture student's lens) into the virtual "poster child" for a series of houses centered around the greater Los Angeles area known as the Case Study Houses.

The homes in the Case Study House Program were built between 1945 and 1966 when Arts & Architecture magazine commissioned the major architects of the day to create inexpensive and replicable model homes to accommodate the residential housing boom in the United States caused by the flood of returning soldiers at the end of World War II. 

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