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Julius Shulman: 1910-2009

Julius Shulman: 1910-2009

"May 9, 1960. Case Study House #22. Stahl residence at 1635 Woods Drive, Los Angeles. Architect: Pierre Koenig." Color transparency by Julius Shulman, who died Wednesday in California at age 98. View full size | "A Shot in the Dark"

Julius Shulman's house is for sale

Julius Shulman’s house is up for sale. Designed by Raphael Soriano for him in 1947 and completed in 1950. Serious inquiries only call Sam Heller (the only guy that could truly call him "Uncle Julius") 661.510.8183 I didn't want to move a thing.

Imagination

Think Mad Men...

As seen in ...

According to IMDB, the Stahl House was used in:

Columbo: "Prescription: Murder" (1968)
"Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998)
"Where the Truth Lies" (2005)

As seen in movies

Wasn't this also Jason Nesmith's house in "Galaxy Quest"?

My new desktop picture

What a beautiful and striking photo! This is my first introduction to Julius Shulman - looks like I have some research ahead of me.

Que increible

Que increible, yo ni siquiera nacía aun, pero es mi año y no se porque me parece tan familiar, como si los hubiera conocido. ¿Es muy raro no? considerando que soy de Chile. Vivan los años 60 ... los mejores!

Than increible, I not even were born even, but is my year and no because it seems me so familiar, as if it had known them. ¿It is very rare no? Considering that I am of Chile Live the years 60 ... The best!

That Lounge Chair

Appears to be on a ledge with no railing! With my fear of heights you couldn't give me that house!

A splash of yellow

Of all the colors that couch could've been, I never would've guessed yellow. I love the famous black-and-white shot but I always (inexplicably) assumed the furniture was blue. It's really cheery with all the yellow and orange.

I heard about Julius Shulman's passing on NPR today and wondered how Shorpy would memorialize him. This is perfect. Thanks, Dave.

A Master has passed

My partner and I live moved to Palm Springs in 2008 and have enjoyed seeing the actual homes and buildings that Julius had photographed out here since 1936. We were fortunate enough to catch Julius at a Modernist conference early this year. There was a documentary film (Visual Acoustics) dedicated to his expansive work and he spoke to the audience afterwards. He was a witty and engaging speaker even at 98; commenting on the current state of architecture and inviting all of us in the auditorum to visit him at his home in LA. ("Bring scotch when you come or a pretty lady. I'm in the phone book!")

Indeed he is. He will be missed.

House not that great

Take the retro furniture out of the picture, and what have you got?

No brag, just fact...

I LOVED the 60's, I love this house and I love architecture. My daughter is a fully licensed, highly educated, bona fide Architect of whom I am VERY proud and I want her to see this today because it is a very memorable day in her life. Thank you Shorpy for all the soul captured in your photos and the very human touch of kind, intelligent, witty commenters. I appreciate you and your viewers.

Tricks of the trade

Clever way of camouflaging the inevitable flash or photoflood reflection in that vast expanse of glass.

Julius Shulman's LA

Julius Shulman loved Los Angeles and did as much as anyone to shape the world's view of that city. But, according to his daughter, Judy McKee, he was just as passionate about his dislike of LA's over-commercialization and endless tract developments. Here's another of his powerful photos, "The Saltbox and the Castle, the Last Remaining Houses on Bunker Hill," taken in 1967, which clearly expresses that aspect of his creative work.

Deja Vu

This picture is so familiar, but I can't place where I have seen it! Was it originally published in Life magazine?

[No, although it's appeared in lots of other publications. - Dave]

Stahl House Tours

One of the most powerful icons of Southern California living, the house is still occupied by its original owner. I just found these comments online, offered by his son, Mark Stahl:

"The house was designed in mid 1956 by my father, C.H. Stahl. Pierre Koenig was hired to fine tune the house design and make it buildable in November 1957. The builder was Robert J. Brady, and the Engineer was William L. Porush. The house is pretty small at under 2200 square feet."

The house is open on a limited basis for reservations-only tours (currently sold-out), and has its own website: www.stahlhouse.com

The New Frontier

Shulman's black-and-white photo of the house (a seven-minute double exposure) is probably his best-known image. Click for details.

Hitchcock house

What a fabulous picture. There is a sense of anticipation about it; it's as though the man is standing around waiting for a party to start. I wasn't around then, but this really speaks of swank '50s and '60s: broads with bouffants, guys in skinny ties, cigs, cocktails. This reminds me of the house James Mason owned in "North by Northwest." Remember? Cary Grant sneaks in to save Eva Marie Saint and there is a final showdown on the faces of Mount Rushmore.

Pierre Koenig

Brought adventure to the concept of "outside the box"! To be daring and understand your craft is a high point indeed.

So Cool

These photos were just featured at show at the Blanton Museum here in Austin, "The Birth of Cool."

As seen on TV

This house is also famous because it has been used as a location for countless TV commercials and print ads. The house must have paid for itself with all the work it has done in the media over the years.

 
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