Broken Concrete & Case Study House No. 22

Broken Concrete & Case Study House No. 22

Celebrating it's 50th year, the LA Times published a story on the famous Case Study House No. 22. No doubt many are familiar with the Julius Shulman photograph, which has become an iconic representation of the California modernist movement. Much of the story focuses on owner and client, Buck Stahl, who stands in this photograph next to his broken concrete walls. It took him two years to build the walls, Cadillac load by load. We were happy to find how broken concrete walls have a long history, especially tied to one of the stellar modernist homes in California. Because of the versatility and flexibility of using broken concrete for retaining walls, and terraces, we find that the conclusion to something that may have started off as a headache (falling over hillside) can turn out to be a work of beauty and art.