The Stahl House: Case Study House #22: The Making of a Modernist Icon
by Bruce Stahl and Shari Stahl Gronwald with Kim Cross
about growing up modern! The authors still retain their childhood home and have
written what’s called a “biography” of the house. The book is replete with little-seen
family snapshots, architectural drawings, construction photos, film stills, and
fashion shoots, as well as letters, contracts, and other documentation (although
the annoying dearth of captions creates a distracting guessing game).
Dominating it all—and most people’s perception of Pierre Koenig’s
masterpiece—is the Julius Shulman photograph on the cover. Happily, though,
this book weaves an inclusive story and shows many more facets of this icon of
modernism, and more, that it is simply a family home.
Books, 2021, 208 pages, hardcover, $24.95.