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. Throu

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. Throu

New monstera leaf about to unfurl by the front door! #monstera #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladi...
09/16/2021

New monstera leaf about to unfurl by the front door! #monstera #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

New monstera leaf about to unfurl by the front door! #monstera #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Evening mood on an overcast day in the downstairs playroom. 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundat...
09/11/2021

Evening mood on an overcast day in the downstairs playroom. 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Evening mood on an overcast day in the downstairs playroom. 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Howard Liljestrand brought this Ashanti Akua’ba fertility doll back from Ghana in the 90s. Lucky for us (as a house muse...
09/03/2021

Howard Liljestrand brought this Ashanti Akua’ba fertility doll back from Ghana in the 90s. Lucky for us (as a house museum) he wrote a note and stuck it on the bottom. It was never in Howard’s plans to turn Liljestrand House into a museum but all of the notes and records the family kept on things in the House sure makes cataloging the collection easier! #foresight #akuaba #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropcialmodern #savingplaces

Yes, the house is amazing and the site is incomparable but it’s also the small details that make Liljestrand House uniqu...
08/28/2021

Yes, the house is amazing and the site is incomparable but it’s also the small details that make Liljestrand House unique. These lanterns have been corroding away for decades out on the kitchen terrace. A perfect example of the wabi-sabi nature of the house. #wabisabi #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Yes, the house is amazing and the site is incomparable but it’s also the small details that make Liljestrand House unique. These lanterns have been corroding away for decades out on the kitchen terrace. A perfect example of the wabi-sabi nature of the house. #wabisabi #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Afternoon shadows in the master bedroom #anthurium #willybeckchair #monkeypod #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #...
08/20/2021

Afternoon shadows in the master bedroom #anthurium #willybeckchair #monkeypod #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Afternoon shadows in the master bedroom #anthurium #willybeckchair #monkeypod #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Finally getting some much needed rain up here on the mountain! #rainytuesday #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #o...
08/18/2021

Finally getting some much needed rain up here on the mountain! #rainytuesday #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Finally getting some much needed rain up here on the mountain! #rainytuesday #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Betty Liljestrand had many things on her kitchen “wish list”, a hidden office being one of them. Her typewriter and Rolo...
08/13/2021

Betty Liljestrand had many things on her kitchen “wish list”, a hidden office being one of them. Her typewriter and Rolodex slide neatly away when not in use. #organizedlife #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces

Liljestrand as a catfish farm! In the late 70s/early 80s, Howard and Betty decided they wanted a dedicated source of cat...
08/04/2021

Liljestrand as a catfish farm! In the late 70s/early 80s, Howard and Betty decided they wanted a dedicated source of catfish. So they drained the chlorinated pool water, refilled it part-way and put a big bag of baby catfish into the pool! Over the years it became quite a mess and in the late 80s, they cleaned it up and restored it to a regular swimming pool. Eric Liljestrand is pictured here with the catfish. Betty can be seen kneeling next to the box in the pool deck. I wonder what Ossipoff had to say about this?! 🤣 #catfishfarm #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces

A place for everything and always be prepared. Could be the official motto of the Liljestrand family! Some pics of the c...
07/24/2021

A place for everything and always be prepared. Could be the official motto of the Liljestrand family! Some pics of the cabinets in Howard’s reading room off the master bedroom of the vast array of lightbulbs used in the house! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Chinese medicine chest in the bar area next to the kitchen. The family stuck small pieces of paper with the translations...
07/17/2021

Chinese medicine chest in the bar area next to the kitchen. The family stuck small pieces of paper with the translations in some of the drawers. #apothecary #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #hawaiianmodern #savingplaces

A collection of Japanese fishing floats that Howard and Betty Liljestrand found on the beach on Wake Island in the 1940s...
07/09/2021

A collection of Japanese fishing floats that Howard and Betty Liljestrand found on the beach on Wake Island in the 1940s. Some of them may have originally been sake bottles which were often recycled to make floats! #fishingfloats #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

A collection of Japanese fishing floats that Howard and Betty Liljestrand found on the beach on Wake Island in the 1940s. Some of them may have originally been sake bottles which were often recycled to make floats! #fishingfloats #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Glorious florals by @paikohawaii from their photoshoot earlier this year. Perfect for the guava branch and plexi table, ...
06/26/2021

Glorious florals by @paikohawaii from their photoshoot earlier this year. Perfect for the guava branch and plexi table, designed by Ossipoff. Inspired by the arrangement pictured in House Beautiful magazine, which featured 53 pages on Liljestrand House as the Pacesetter Home of 1958. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces #pacesetterhomes

A couple of gecko friends joining us in the office this morning! The photo op actually interrupted a very loud squabble ...
06/14/2021

A couple of gecko friends joining us in the office this morning! The photo op actually interrupted a very loud squabble they were having. #geckosofliljestrand #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

A couple of gecko friends joining us in the office this morning! The photo op actually interrupted a very loud squabble they were having. #geckosofliljestrand #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Join us for Life at Liljestrand on July 1, 1pm HST with Bob Liljestrand and Jane Goodsill.  Moderated by Jack Gillmar.  ...
06/11/2021

Join us for Life at Liljestrand on July 1, 1pm HST with Bob Liljestrand and Jane Goodsill. Moderated by Jack Gillmar. Tickets are free, link in bio.

Built on an extraordinary site with a 270-degree view of O`ahu for demanding clients with an exacting wish list, by an architect who saw architecture as a way to express local identity and reconcile disparate cultural legacies, Liljestrand House is an icon of Hawai’i’s mid-twentieth century architecture. But why did the Liljestrands decide to stay on O`ahu and make their home here after a generation of living and working in China? And what was it like to grow up in the product of an extraordinary collaboration between Howard and Betty Liljestrand and Vladimir Ossipoff? Hear some of the untold stories that counter perceptions of growing up in the “perfect” house; the quirks of living in an Ossipoff house; recollections from a lifetime of friendship with Ossipoff; and the lasting influence he has had on the children of two of his clients.

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

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

Join us for Life at Liljestrand on July 1, 1pm HST with Bob Liljestrand and Jane Goodsill. Moderated by Jack Gillmar. Tickets are free, link in bio.

Built on an extraordinary site with a 270-degree view of O`ahu for demanding clients with an exacting wish list, by an architect who saw architecture as a way to express local identity and reconcile disparate cultural legacies, Liljestrand House is an icon of Hawai’i’s mid-twentieth century architecture. But why did the Liljestrands decide to stay on O`ahu and make their home here after a generation of living and working in China? And what was it like to grow up in the product of an extraordinary collaboration between Howard and Betty Liljestrand and Vladimir Ossipoff? Hear some of the untold stories that counter perceptions of growing up in the “perfect” house; the quirks of living in an Ossipoff house; recollections from a lifetime of friendship with Ossipoff; and the lasting influence he has had on the children of two of his clients.

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

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

In honor of Eric Liljestrand’s birthday. He loved to watch the planes take off and land from the Honolulu Airport runway...
06/07/2021

In honor of Eric Liljestrand’s birthday. He loved to watch the planes take off and land from the Honolulu Airport runway and later became a bush pilot in Alaska. Without Eric, Liljestrand Foundation, with our mission of preserving the house might never have existed. Photo by Howard or Betty Liljestrand, mid 1950s. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #honoluluairport #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

In honor of Eric Liljestrand’s birthday. He loved to watch the planes take off and land from the Honolulu Airport runway and later became a bush pilot in Alaska. Without Eric, Liljestrand Foundation, with our mission of preserving the house might never have existed. Photo by Howard or Betty Liljestrand, mid 1950s. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #honoluluairport #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Stair detail with the five daruma that Betty Liljestrand purchased from Things Japanese in Honolulu. #liljestrandhouse #...
06/05/2021

Stair detail with the five daruma that Betty Liljestrand purchased from Things Japanese in Honolulu. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Stair detail with the five daruma that Betty Liljestrand purchased from Things Japanese in Honolulu. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

It’s aloha Friday! A shot from our archive as we kick off The holiday weekend. Betty Liljestrand and three of the childr...
05/29/2021

It’s aloha Friday! A shot from our archive as we kick off The holiday weekend. Betty Liljestrand and three of the children. Likely around the late 50s/early 60s. Photo by Howard Liljestrand. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

It’s aloha Friday! A shot from our archive as we kick off The holiday weekend. Betty Liljestrand and three of the children. Likely around the late 50s/early 60s. Photo by Howard Liljestrand. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern #savingplaces

Summer has arrived! In honor of the hot days to come, here’s a photo from our archives: Ossipoff picking opihi on Kauai ...
05/26/2021

Summer has arrived! In honor of the hot days to come, here’s a photo from our archives: Ossipoff picking opihi on Kauai circa 1970s/1980s. Photo by Howard Liljestrand. #opihipickers #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern

Summer has arrived! In honor of the hot days to come, here’s a photo from our archives: Ossipoff picking opihi on Kauai circa 1970s/1980s. Photo by Howard Liljestrand. #opihipickers #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern

Tuesday view of the eucalyptus from the master bath. Painting by Russell Green, a longtime friend of the Liljestrands. P...
05/11/2021

Tuesday view of the eucalyptus from the master bath. Painting by Russell Green, a longtime friend of the Liljestrands. Please excuse our dirty window, it’s been a rainy spring! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Tuesday view of the eucalyptus from the master bath. Painting by Russell Green, a longtime friend of the Liljestrands. Please excuse our dirty window, it’s been a rainy spring! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

Don’t forget to register for our first ever virtual program! We’ll be live-streaming Ideas of Place: Hawai’i’s Built Env...
05/06/2021

Don’t forget to register for our first ever virtual program! We’ll be live-streaming Ideas of Place: Hawai’i’s Built Environment from Liljestrand House on May 13 at 1pm HST. This is part one of a four-part series, inspired by something Bob Liljestrand often says. “Architecture is the product of the time, the place and the people who make it.” Ticket link in bio.

AIA members will receive 1 LU for attending this program.

Thank you to @vilcekfoundation for their generous support of this series!

Photo: Aiea plantation, circa late 1930s/early 1940s. From the Liljestrand archives.

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturyhawaii #hawaiianmodern #builtenvironment

Don’t forget to register for our first ever virtual program! We’ll be live-streaming Ideas of Place: Hawai’i’s Built Environment from Liljestrand House on May 13 at 1pm HST. This is part one of a four-part series, inspired by something Bob Liljestrand often says. “Architecture is the product of the time, the place and the people who make it.” Ticket link in bio.

AIA members will receive 1 LU for attending this program.

Thank you to @vilcekfoundation for their generous support of this series!

Photo: Aiea plantation, circa late 1930s/early 1940s. From the Liljestrand archives.

#liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturyhawaii #hawaiianmodern #builtenvironment

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 N**i 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 N**i 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

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Liljestrand House - Fantastic tour. One of a kind house beautifully preserved, idyllic setting - a gem so well worth visiting. 10 out of 10 for locals and tourists!
Might have to make this an annual visit. Love this house....
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: