Liljestrand House

Liljestrand House Liljestrand Foundation was created in 2007 to preserve and steward Liljestrand House on Mount Tantalus, overlooking Honolulu. The Foundation builds global awareness of its architectural significance through guided tours, public programs and publications.

Liljestrand House was built in 1952 by Howard and Betty Liljestrand and is recognized as an outstanding example of Vladimir Ossipoff’s work and mid-twentieth century modern architecture. Everything in the house is much as it was when the Liljestrands lived there. The family remained lifelong friends with Ossipoff and every piece of furniture and art was selected or approved by the architect. Throughout the years, no changes were made without consulting Ossipoff. Additionally, every drawing, photo, receipt and communication related to the building of the house is preserved in the archive. Liljestrand Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation. The preservation and maintenance of the property along with the development of program initiatives such as the Design Conversation Series and Margins of the Sea, are made possible through the generous support of Friends of Liljestrand Members, donors, sponsors and tour guests.

It’s Aloha Friday! Beautiful afternoon on our kitchen terrace. Bougainvillea is in full bloom! The Liljestrands hung the...
04/30/2021

It’s Aloha Friday! Beautiful afternoon on our kitchen terrace. Bougainvillea is in full bloom! The Liljestrands hung the @cosanti_originals bells here decades ago and they’ve remained ever since. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #cosantibells

It’s Aloha Friday! Beautiful afternoon on our kitchen terrace. Bougainvillea is in full bloom! The Liljestrands hung the @cosanti_originals bells here decades ago and they’ve remained ever since. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #cosantibells

Announcing our first ever virtual program, livestreaming from Liljestrand House on Thursday, May 13 at 1pm HST!  Join us...
04/22/2021

Announcing our first ever virtual program, livestreaming from Liljestrand House on Thursday, May 13 at 1pm HST! Join us for Ideas of Place: Hawai`i’s Built Environment, the first segment of a 4-part series, Modern Hawai`i and the Liljestrand House which coalesces the issues of immigration and design. Hawai`i born and raised scholar Gary Okihiro, will lead a conversation with Davianna McGregor, Melanie Ide and Dean Sakamoto about the impact of human ideas and activities upon the island world.

AIA members are eligible to receive 1 LU for attending this program.

Registration link in the bio.

Image: 1947 aerial view of Aiea plantation fields.

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #hawaiihistory

Announcing our first ever virtual program, livestreaming from Liljestrand House on Thursday, May 13 at 1pm HST! Join us for Ideas of Place: Hawai`i’s Built Environment, the first segment of a 4-part series, Modern Hawai`i and the Liljestrand House which coalesces the issues of immigration and design. Hawai`i born and raised scholar Gary Okihiro, will lead a conversation with Davianna McGregor, Melanie Ide and Dean Sakamoto about the impact of human ideas and activities upon the island world.

AIA members are eligible to receive 1 LU for attending this program.

Registration link in the bio.

Image: 1947 aerial view of Aiea plantation fields.

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #hawaiihistory

Join this free virtual panel discussion about architect Alfred Preis, designer of the USS Arizona Memorial!  Born in Vie...
04/16/2021

Join this free virtual panel discussion about architect Alfred Preis, designer of the USS Arizona Memorial! Born in Vienna in 1911, Preis fled to Hawaii in 1939 to escape the Nazi annexation of Austria. Preis, along with Vladimir Ossipoff, Philip Fisk, Allen Johnson, and Thomas Perkins, was one of the most influential figures in the development of a Hawai`i style of modern architecture. Later, Preis became the driving force behind the establishment of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Registration via QR code. #alfredpreis #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Join this free virtual panel discussion about architect Alfred Preis, designer of the USS Arizona Memorial! Born in Vienna in 1911, Preis fled to Hawaii in 1939 to escape the Nazi annexation of Austria. Preis, along with Vladimir Ossipoff, Philip Fisk, Allen Johnson, and Thomas Perkins, was one of the most influential figures in the development of a Hawai`i style of modern architecture. Later, Preis became the driving force behind the establishment of the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Registration via QR code. #alfredpreis #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Bob Liljestrand, the man with the plan, who made it his life’s work to save Liljestrand House from certain sale and prob...
04/14/2021

Bob Liljestrand, the man with the plan, who made it his life’s work to save Liljestrand House from certain sale and probable demolition, hard at work in the archive room. Here, he’s looking at frames from one of our many film reels. The archive room is magical, it’s filled top to bottom, front to back with every piece of information pertaining to the building of the house as well as the extraordinary history of the family. Hundreds of film reels dating to the 1930s, plans, drawings, receipts, invoices and all of the letters written to family members documenting the details of their lives in Liljestrand House. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Bob Liljestrand, the man with the plan, who made it his life’s work to save Liljestrand House from certain sale and probable demolition, hard at work in the archive room. Here, he’s looking at frames from one of our many film reels. The archive room is magical, it’s filled top to bottom, front to back with every piece of information pertaining to the building of the house as well as the extraordinary history of the family. Hundreds of film reels dating to the 1930s, plans, drawings, receipts, invoices and all of the letters written to family members documenting the details of their lives in Liljestrand House. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Tuesday shadows on the lanai. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #trop...
04/06/2021

Tuesday shadows on the lanai. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Tuesday shadows on the lanai. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

A glimpse of the master bedroom with all of the hidden cabinetry on display. The Liljestrands wanted a place for everyth...
03/30/2021

A glimpse of the master bedroom with all of the hidden cabinetry on display. The Liljestrands wanted a place for everything and Ossipoff was happy to oblige. Photo taken by Howard Liljestrand, mid 1950s. #minimalism #clutterfree #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

A glimpse of the master bedroom with all of the hidden cabinetry on display. The Liljestrands wanted a place for everything and Ossipoff was happy to oblige. Photo taken by Howard Liljestrand, mid 1950s. #minimalism #clutterfree #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Happy “Windsday” as Winnie the Pooh would say! Spring, where are you? #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff...
03/17/2021

Happy “Windsday” as Winnie the Pooh would say! Spring, where are you? #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Happy “Windsday” as Winnie the Pooh would say! Spring, where are you? #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Perfect little mushrooms on this gloomy between storms day. On a brighter note, all of the rain this week has demonstrat...
03/13/2021

Perfect little mushrooms on this gloomy between storms day. On a brighter note, all of the rain this week has demonstrated that our recent flood control measures are successful! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Perfect little mushrooms on this gloomy between storms day. On a brighter note, all of the rain this week has demonstrated that our recent flood control measures are successful! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

It’s a damp and blustery day up here! Nonetheless it’s Aloha Friday! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff ...
03/05/2021

It’s a damp and blustery day up here! Nonetheless it’s Aloha Friday! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

It’s a damp and blustery day up here! Nonetheless it’s Aloha Friday! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Master bedroom circa mid 1950s. Ossipoff, accompanied by a glass of scotch, spent an afternoon locked in the room, caref...
03/02/2021

Master bedroom circa mid 1950s. Ossipoff, accompanied by a glass of scotch, spent an afternoon locked in the room, carefully arranging the Chinese bronze pieces on the shelves. The shelves were taken down in the late 70s/early 80s to make way for the Jean Charlot painting that currently hangs there. Note the Albini chairs on the lanai and the Vladimir Kagan contour chair and ottoman in the corner. Sadly, we don’t know what became of any of the chairs, though we still have the ottoman! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #vladimirkagan #francoalbini

Master bedroom circa mid 1950s. Ossipoff, accompanied by a glass of scotch, spent an afternoon locked in the room, carefully arranging the Chinese bronze pieces on the shelves. The shelves were taken down in the late 70s/early 80s to make way for the Jean Charlot painting that currently hangs there. Note the Albini chairs on the lanai and the Vladimir Kagan contour chair and ottoman in the corner. Sadly, we don’t know what became of any of the chairs, though we still have the ottoman! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #vladimirkagan #francoalbini

Bombax tree is blooming! Howard Liljestrand did his medical internship in the 1930s at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu wher...
02/23/2021

Bombax tree is blooming! Howard Liljestrand did his medical internship in the 1930s at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu where he fell in love with the pink Bombax that still stands on their property today. Howard planted his own tree down by the pool after he built Liljestrand House. #bombaxellipticum #shavingbrushtree #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Bombax tree is blooming! Howard Liljestrand did his medical internship in the 1930s at Queen’s Hospital in Honolulu where he fell in love with the pink Bombax that still stands on their property today. Howard planted his own tree down by the pool after he built Liljestrand House. #bombaxellipticum #shavingbrushtree #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Historic home play date with @ossipoffcabin yesterday! Thank you for hosting our Liljestrand team! A pleasure to see suc...
02/18/2021

Historic home play date with @ossipoffcabin yesterday! Thank you for hosting our Liljestrand team! A pleasure to see such a loving and thoughtful restoration effort. Ossipoff never really wrote or spoke about his work but his buildings speak loud and clear. Despite being completely different it’s easy to see the connection between his own cabin and Liljestrand House. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces @ Palehua, Hawaii

Came across this aerial shot in the archives. Must be from around 10-15 years ago or so. Love how distinctive the foot p...
02/12/2021

Came across this aerial shot in the archives. Must be from around 10-15 years ago or so. Love how distinctive the foot paths are when viewed from above, carved into the landscape. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiilandscape

Came across this aerial shot in the archives. Must be from around 10-15 years ago or so. Love how distinctive the foot paths are when viewed from above, carved into the landscape. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiilandscape

Some pics Bob Liljestrand took in the early 2000s of Ossipoff’s cabins at Palehua. They’re in the process of being resto...
02/08/2021

Some pics Bob Liljestrand took in the early 2000s of Ossipoff’s cabins at Palehua. They’re in the process of being restored by @ossipoffcabin check out their progress! As @grmhrt says in a recent article for @fluxhawaii written by @timothyaschuler Palehua is Ossipoff’s “thought process”

You know it’s a chilly day up on Tantalus when mittens are required to enjoy the pavilion! #berniemittens
01/22/2021

You know it’s a chilly day up on Tantalus when mittens are required to enjoy the pavilion! #berniemittens

You know it’s a chilly day up on Tantalus when mittens are required to enjoy the pavilion! #berniemittens

A perfect refuge from the past several weeks. Cheers to a brighter 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossip...
01/21/2021

A perfect refuge from the past several weeks. Cheers to a brighter 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

A perfect refuge from the past several weeks. Cheers to a brighter 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Howard Liljestrand’s mother Ethel, in a solitary moment in front of the living room windows soon after the house was fin...
12/29/2020

Howard Liljestrand’s mother Ethel, in a solitary moment in front of the living room windows soon after the house was finished in 1952. It took Ossipoff several years to finish the interiors after the family moved in so the custom settees and the DUX chairs aren’t there yet but you can catch a glimpse of a Bruno Mathsson chair on the right side. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Liljestrand family Christmas, circa 1950s. From all of us at Liljestrand Foundation, wishing you a healthy and happy hol...
12/22/2020

Liljestrand family Christmas, circa 1950s.

From all of us at Liljestrand Foundation, wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season! We hope to see you in 2021! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

When the Liljestrand’s first met with Ossipoff, Betty gave him an 11-page document of everything she wanted in the kitch...
12/11/2020

When the Liljestrand’s first met with Ossipoff, Betty gave him an 11-page document of everything she wanted in the kitchen. The open plan and multi-use areas such as the sewing cabinet, built in typewriter and rolodex were unusual for the time. Even 70 years later, the kitchen feels modern and completely usable. 📷: Bob Liljestrand #midcenturykitchen #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

If you’ve visited Liljestrand House, you’ll probably recognize these little guys, the daruma figures that live on the st...
12/07/2020

If you’ve visited Liljestrand House, you’ll probably recognize these little guys, the daruma figures that live on the steps going down to the playroom. Howard and Betty Liljestrand purchased them in 1978 from Things Japanese in Honolulu. When they brought them home, Howard dressed them up in his hats on the living room rug. #daruma #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday ! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Liljestrand Foundation! Despite what ma...
11/30/2020

Tomorrow is #givingtuesday ! Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Liljestrand Foundation! Despite what many people think, the Foundation is not primarily funded by the family. The majority of revenue comes from donations, tours, programs and events and as with many nonprofits, 2020 has been a tough year.

After Liljestrand family patriarch, Howard passed away in 2004, Bob Liljestrand came up with a plan to save the house in perpetuity and make it available to the public. He created the Foundation to which he and his siblings gifted the house. It was a many year process, not without enormous challenges. Liljestrand House could easily have been sold and it’s entirely possible that a buyer would have knocked it down to build a new, more easily maintained house.

We need your help to preserve this iconic home, the only private residence designed by Vladimir Ossipoff that is open to the public!

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces

Happy to announce that we have reopened for tours! We’ve added new precautions and other measures to ensure a safe exper...
11/20/2020

Happy to announce that we have reopened for tours! We’ve added new precautions and other measures to ensure a safe experience. There are only a limited number of tours on the calendar for the remainder of 2020 so book your tour quickly! Reservations can be made on our website, link in bio. Can’t wait to see you! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Peruvian architect Luis Longhi met VP of Liljestrand Foundation Vicky Durand during a visit to Liljestrand House when he...
11/19/2020

Peruvian architect Luis Longhi met VP of Liljestrand Foundation Vicky Durand during a visit to Liljestrand House when he was teaching at University of Hawaii. Vicky and her mother visited Peru as surfing ambassadors in 1960 to promote women’s surfing, the inspiration for Vicky’s @wavewomanbook Join Luis and Vicky for a conversation about Lima in the 60s, from surfing to modernism. Saturday, November 21, 2pm Hawaii time via IG Live @luislonghi_architect #hawaiimodern #hawaiisurfing #perumodern #surfing #midcenturymodern

View from the kitchen window out onto the terrace, circa late 50s. Before the current day terra cotta tile and concrete ...
11/13/2020

View from the kitchen window out onto the terrace, circa late 50s. Before the current day terra cotta tile and concrete planters, the terrace was grassed and sloped down to ground level! The three legged stools were designed by Ossipoff. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

Friends of Howard Liljestrand playing cribbage in the living room in 1956. The card table, along with three others still...
11/06/2020

Friends of Howard Liljestrand playing cribbage in the living room in 1956. The card table, along with three others still live in a hidden little “card table closet” in the entryway. The Liljestrand’s wanted a place for everything and Ossipoff happily obliged. Notice the pair of Bruno Matthson #36 lounge chairs in the corner. If only we still had these! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #brunomatthson #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

The guava branch coffee table is one of the many pieces of furniture that Ossipoff designed for the house. Ossipoff want...
10/27/2020

The guava branch coffee table is one of the many pieces of furniture that Ossipoff designed for the house. Ossipoff wanted a branch with three points up and three points down so he sent Howard Liljestrand into the forest to find one. One of the Liljestrand children later commented that it was the only time she had heard her father swear - trying to find the perfect branch. Ossipoff drew the top out on butcher paper and had Min’s Plastic in Honolulu cut it out of plexiglass. He did not like the green edge of glass. #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

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Historic architecture and beautiful setting.
Celebrated speakers address the role of creative arts and climate change at the beautiful and historic Liljestrand House on May 14 and 15. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION: https://www.liljestrandhouse.org/announcements/ for Margins of the Sea: Peace. Global Understanding. Climate Change. Plus a reception following presentations each night! Here is the story on KITV: