Pierre Koenig’s Own Home

After faithful restoration, architect’s family puts amazing three-story house up for sale
Fridays on the Homefront
The Brentwood home of acclaimed Southern California modernist architect Pierre Koenig, who designed 43 built steel-and-glass homes during his lifetime, including
his own above, is now on the market. “It has been meticulously restored exactly and painstakingly by Pierre Koenig’s [family] over the past two-and-a-half years as a tribute to the famed architect’s original vision,” according to the listing agents. Photography: courtesy the Altman Brothers
Fridays on the Homefront
Fridays on the Homefront

Mid-century modern architecture was in some respects defined by the Case Study Houses of the '40s, '50s, and '60s, and only a handful of architects were invited to participate.

It is rare indeed that one of these houses is for sale. Even rarer on the market, though, is the dream house of possibly the most celebrated of these architects.

Pierre Koenig's Stahl House (Case Study House #22) in the Hollywood Hills reportedly joins a Frank Lloyd Wright design as the two most published houses in all of modernism. Slightly less striking visually than CSH #22, the house archived by the Los Angeles Conservancy as Koenig House #2 is certainly no less remarkable a design.

Built in 1985 on a Brentwood lot only 40 feet wide, the three-story house at 12221 Dorothy St. was listed recently at $3,875,000. It hits the market for the first time ever after faithful restoration by the designer's extended family.

"This is an incredibly unique property," said listing agents Joshua and Matthew Altman of Beverly Hills-based Douglas Elliman Real Estate in a prepared statement. "As one of the most photographed and published homes in the county, it has been meticulously restored exactly and painstakingly by Pierre Koenig's stepchildren, Barry and Thomas Kaufman, over the past two-and-a-half years as a tribute to the famed architect's original vision."

A representative of the Altmans said the Kaufmans "are extremely strict with what is said about the property." Truth be told, the house speaks for itself.