The Hollywood Hills is one of the few places in this world where all that glitter is gold.
In 1920 real estate mogul and developer Sydney Woodruff felt the time had come for greater expansion and decentralization of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. He proclaimed, “With Los Angeles destined to be a city of millions Hollywoodland is so situated that home sites purchased today will be worth fortunes.”
He was right.
Today the hills are alive with some of the most remarkable and globally renowned architecture.
This is what modernist dreams are made of.
The most iconic structure in Los Angeles was the vision of Clarence “Buck” Stahl.
In 1954 Stahl and his wife, Carlotta, purchased a vacant lot in the hills. At first, their search for an architect proved disheartening as architect after architect turned the project down stating the site was un-buildable. Then they met architect Pierre Koenig.
Young and ambitious, Koenig agreed to take on the project and worked it into the Arts and Architecture experiment known as the Case Study House program.
The home, also known as Case Study House #22, uses steel framing to support the endless floor-to-ceiling walls of glass that capture the jaw dropping panoramic views of Los Angeles’ metropolis.
It’s no wonder this home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
I spent far too long in this house daydreaming.
As I gazed out the walls of the floor to ceiling windows I wondered what it would be like to see the sparkle of the city lights on a daily basis.
Cause while architect Ed Niles is a lesser known modernist architect he perfectly captures the essence of the mid century modern aesthetic in his first home. And the view of the city steals the show.