AKA: Stahl, C.H., House, West Hollywood, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings - houses

Designers: Koenig, Pierre F., AIA, Architect (firm); Pierre Francis Koenig (architect)

Dates: constructed 1959-1960

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1635 Woods Drive
West Hollywood, CA 90069-1633

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One of the most well-photographed residences built in the United States during the second half of the twentieth century; Koenig laid the house out on 86 foot x 150 foot lot, one side of which sloped sharply; Koenig configured a closed fenestration toward the street, to insulate the house from traffic noise; the rear, oriented to the city below, was all glass set in twenty-foot modules, allowing a 240-degree view of the city; the house's steel frame allowed for roof overhangs to extend 8 feet, effectively shading the windows; Koenig's steel and glass box, permeable to the benevolent Southern California climate and perched above the orderly array of lights below, captured the public's imagination and continues to stand as the apotheosis of one kind of suburban ideal--a house strikingly clean, yet open to nature, set above the congestion and noise of the urban scene;

PCAD id: 1837