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For the Stahl children -- Bruce, Sharon and Mark -- who grew up roller skating on the concrete floors of [Pierre Koenig's] Case Study House No. 22, the glass-and-steel pavilion perched in the Hollywood Hills has always been more than a landmark. It has been more than the house in Julius Shulman's famed 1960 photo of two pretty girls suspended in time, floating above the twinkling lights of the city -- arguably the most iconic image of midcentury L.A.
For the children of C.H. "Buck" Stahl and his wife, Carlotta, the house was and always will be "just home."
As the Stahl house celebrates its 50th birthday and opens for public tours this weekend, perhaps what's most remarkable is how little people know about the property, despite its fame. The house has appeared in more than 1,200 newspaper and magazine articles, journals and books, not to mention a slew of films, TV shows and commercials.