Architecture

Stahl House in legal fight over documentary

stahl-house-crop-view.jpgStahl House living room from pool. LA Observed photo.

The iconic Hollywood Hills home known as the Stahl House, after the family that commissioned architect Pierre Koenig, is engaged in a legal fight over an unfinished documentary and allegations of abuse and attempted extortion. The Los Angeles Business Journal reports in this week's issue that the filmmaker, Steven Slomkowski, sought to get out of the project after the suicide of Mark Stahl, one of three siblings who control the property, also renowned in architecture lore as Case Study Home #22. Slomkowski sued in 2014, alleging that the surviving siblings, Bruce and Shari Stahl, got cold feet over depictions of Mark and their late father, Buck. The Stahls countersued, alleging that Slomkowski and his lawyer have tried to extort nearly $1 million from the family. A complicating factor is that the Stahls also were the main financiers of the film.

Located above the Chateau Marmont hotel, the Stahl House was made a modernist icon by Julius Shulman photographs of the living room and the city view.


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