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Case Study House No. 22 remains an enduring snapshot of mid-century modern design.

High in the Hollywood Hills, 200 feet above Sunset Boulevard, sits one of the most iconic design destinations in Los Angeles. Located at 1635 Woods Drive, Case Study House No. 22, as it is known in architectural circles, is simply referred to as the Stahl House to the family that has lived there for the last 55 years.

In 1954, Buck Stahl, a purchasing agent for Hughes Aircraft and a graphic designer and sign painter by trade, was renting a house nearby when he spotted grading equipment on an empty lot nearby. Two hours after going over to investigate, he had purchased the lot for $13,500 and a handshake…

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