I don’t know if anyone ever still reads this blog. I was reminded of it a few weeks ago, and interestingly enough, found myself with new content to add.
Last November after several years of trying to get access to the Stahl House, I finally got to tour this celebrated home.
A few years ago, when I started this Blog and became moderately obsessed with Architecture, and I set out on a mission to visit every major Architecturally Significant home in Los Angeles. I mean, I even started this blog! I may or may not have gone to great lengths to visit these sites, and my exploits may or may not have included trespassing, stalking the owners, and impersonating B-list celebrities… In this way, I was able to visit almost every major home from Palos Verdes to the Valley… The Stahl House however, the cream of the crop, had always evaded me.
The Stahl House was like an impenetrable fortress open only to a select few… Finally, on Nov 2nd, 2018, amid a splendid sunset in LA, I was able to visit what is truly, in my opinion, the crown jewel of Mid Century Architecture.
I feel like any thought of this house is intimately connected with that famous Julious Shulman photograph that not only gave this house its notoriety, but some say, could be said to be wholly responsible for kickstarting the Mid-Century movement across America.
Can you imagine living inside this space, making your life inside its crystal walls? For those Ayn Rand fans reading this, I am often reminded of Gail Wyland’s Crystal Penthouse atop New York City whenever I see this space… I won’t belabor on this too much, as coincidentally I am mid reading The Fountainhead, and my feelings about its simple lines, and its quiet and unobtrusive design, can be best summed up in this incredible quote from the great Ayn Rand: “The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody has decided not to see.”
As if touring the house was not enough, during our brief stay, we were blessed with a breathtaking sunset that painted the LA sky in every shade or purple and orange, reflected across the pool, and thus portrayed the genius of its design as the skies finally turned dark and revealed bellow them a million lights sprawling across a city.
If you ever get a chance, visit the Stahl House. It is every bit as majestic as you imagine it would be.