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.
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Perfect cloudless day on the mountain. 🌞 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianm...
04/03/2020

Perfect cloudless day on the mountain. 🌞 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Beautiful anytime of the day or night but when it’s full of people is when Liljestrand House comes to life. Hope everyon...
03/28/2020

Beautiful anytime of the day or night but when it’s full of people is when Liljestrand House comes to life. Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and we look forward to the day we can open the house again. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

With no one around Bob is using the time to move furniture around and take photos for his upcoming book about Liljestran...
03/24/2020

With no one around Bob is using the time to move furniture around and take photos for his upcoming book about Liljestrand House. The rosewood Eames chair was purchased in the early 60s and lived in the library for a while. #eamesloungechair #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Only the sound of roosters to keep us company. Missing our usual tour hubbub and sad to have to postpone programs and do...
03/18/2020

Only the sound of roosters to keep us company. Missing our usual tour hubbub and sad to have to postpone programs and docent trainings but hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. The rain is somehow very fitting this week. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladmirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

It’s a total white-out on the mountain today. Would be a good day to light a fire in the fireplace! #draftyoldhouse #com...
03/17/2020

It’s a total white-out on the mountain today. Would be a good day to light a fire in the fireplace! #draftyoldhouse #comebacksun #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Sunset view into the master bathroom where the light changes by the second. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ha...
03/12/2020

Sunset view into the master bathroom where the light changes by the second. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #hawaiianmodern #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

“Heil!” a print by Dr. Nils Larsen, the medical director of Queen’s Hospital from 1924 to 1942, which hangs over the sid...
02/20/2020

“Heil!” a print by Dr. Nils Larsen, the medical director of Queen’s Hospital from 1924 to 1942, which hangs over the side table in the master bedroom. He was a distant cousin of Howard Liljestrand and offered him the medical internship that brought the Liljestrand’s to Hawaii in 1937. Dr. Larsen was also a gifted print maker and served as President of the Honolulu Print Makers Association. #etching #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Join us for “Introduction to Project Drawdown”, a 2-hour interactive workshop that offers the opportunity to reflect on ...
02/11/2020

Join us for “Introduction to Project Drawdown”, a 2-hour interactive workshop that offers the opportunity to reflect on how we’ve been relating to global warming and connect with others to discover new possibilities for addressing climate change. Saturday March 7, 2pm at Liljestrand House. @projectdrawdown is a coalition of more than 200 researchers and other experts from across the globe led by author, environmentalist, and entrepreneur Paul Hawken. Link in bio for more info and registration details. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #projectdrawdown #climatechange

Tour guests often ask about these - they’re Tibetan horns, made out of wood and copper, used in Tibetan Buddhist ceremon...
01/27/2020

Tour guests often ask about these - they’re Tibetan horns, made out of wood and copper, used in Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies. We’re not sure of their age or exact providence. Only that they were acquired by Howard Liljestrand’s parents during their nearly 40 years in China as medical missionaries in the first half of the 20th century. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodernism

Super excited to announce that our group tours can now be booked online!! Our website link is in the bio. We also offer ...
01/15/2020

Super excited to announce that our group tours can now be booked online!! Our website link is in the bio. We also offer private tours as well as sunset tours where you can bring some wine and pupus and enjoy sunset on the terrace overlooking Diamond Head. 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Can’t get enough of @terridux sketches from her visit to Liljestrand House last month. There’s something about the time ...
01/08/2020

Can’t get enough of @terridux sketches from her visit to Liljestrand House last month. There’s something about the time and care involved in drawing that just fits with the house. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #midcenturyfurniture #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Happy New Year! Bring on the Year of the Rat! Amazing shot of the fireworks around Punchbowl and town taken by Howard Li...
12/31/2019

Happy New Year! Bring on the Year of the Rat! Amazing shot of the fireworks around Punchbowl and town taken by Howard Liljestrand in the 50s. #happy2020 #midcenturyhonolulu #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Ready for the holidays! Twinkling lights to match the city below. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossi...
12/19/2019

Ready for the holidays! Twinkling lights to match the city below. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #itsbeginningtolookalotlikechristmas

Beautiful sketchbook posting from one of our tour guests this past weekend. @terridux thank you for the lovely post! #li...
11/18/2019

Beautiful sketchbook posting from one of our tour guests this past weekend. @terridux thank you for the lovely post! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodernism

Library sliding door with a painting by Ben Norris in the hallway. Always love seeing details that catch the eyes of gue...
11/14/2019

Library sliding door with a painting by Ben Norris in the hallway. Always love seeing details that catch the eyes of guests. 📷: @modernonmaui #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #tropicalmodern

Some snaps from Thursday’s Design Conversation with Lisa Gray FAIA and Alan Organschi of New Haven, CT based @grayorgans...
11/09/2019

Some snaps from Thursday’s Design Conversation with Lisa Gray FAIA and Alan Organschi of New Haven, CT based @grayorganschi Huge mahalo to Lisa and Alan for your beautiful and inspiring presentation. As always, thank you to Dean @sakamotoarch the @aesopskincare team @bintangbeerusa and our amazing volunteers who make it all happen! Stay tuned for our 2020 lineup! 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #designconversationseries #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #grayorganschi #grayorganschiarchitecture @ Liljestrand House

Absolutely stoked to be included in the latest @theatomicranch The Design Issue, a Retrospective! 12 page spread on the ...
11/06/2019

Absolutely stoked to be included in the latest @theatomicranch The Design Issue, a Retrospective! 12 page spread on the house and foundation. It’s not out yet (at least in Hawaii) but be sure to pick up a copy when you see it! This marks the 60th print publication that Liljestrand House has appeared in! 🎉 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

During their very first meeting in 1948, Betty Liljestrand gave Ossipoff an 11-page directive on everything she wanted i...
11/02/2019

During their very first meeting in 1948, Betty Liljestrand gave Ossipoff an 11-page directive on everything she wanted in her kitchen. Ossipoff placed the papers in his desk drawer and said “when we get to the kitchen, I’ll turn it over to you.” The “rug” was one of Betty’s must haves - the cabinet could be opened and lifted up by foot so that dirt could easily be swept into a chute with a trash bag underneath. Just one of the many neat features in the kitchen #organizedkitchen #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Steffen Lehmann shared his Manifesto: Regenerating Cities in the Age of Climate Change last night. Mahalo Steffen for a ...
10/26/2019

Steffen Lehmann shared his Manifesto: Regenerating Cities in the Age of Climate Change last night. Mahalo Steffen for a fun, engaging and inspirational presentation! Along for the ride were 15 of Dean Sakamoto’s architecture students from UNLV. Special thank you to @shadeinstitute for sponsoring the program, @bintangbeerusa for providing the beer and all of our amazing volunteers who help make these programs happen! #designconversationseries #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #greenurbanism #climatechange @ Liljestrand House

Join us for the last Design Conversation of the year with Lisa Gray FAIA and Alan Organschi of @grayorganschi Architectu...
10/22/2019

Join us for the last Design Conversation of the year with Lisa Gray FAIA and Alan Organschi of @grayorganschi Architecture based in New Haven, CT. Come see their exquisite work and learn about their design philosophy over cocktails and pupus on November 6th at Liljestrand House. Registration link in bio. 📷: Chilmark House in MA by David Sundberg #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #designconversationseries #grayorganschiarchitecture

10/15/2019
Design Series Featuring Steffen Lehmann, Ph.D., AIA RIBA AoU

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A Manifesto: Regenerating Cities in the Age of Climate Change Architects, landscape architects and planners must consider how to best return derelict, post-industrial urban blocks into vibrant, livable places. Re-integration of greenery through nature-based solutions plays a significant role in this...

Val Ossipoff hanging out with Eric Liljestrand circa 1970’s or 80’s. There used to be a small patio down below the pool ...
10/11/2019

Val Ossipoff hanging out with Eric Liljestrand circa 1970’s or 80’s. There used to be a small patio down below the pool in the trees. Val loved to enjoy a drink down there. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

Join us for an evening of presentation and conversation with Steffen Lehmann, Ph.D., AIA RIBA AoU, as he explores the pr...
10/01/2019

Join us for an evening of presentation and conversation with Steffen Lehmann, Ph.D., AIA RIBA AoU, as he explores the process of transforming and regenerating cities. Steffen is Director of the School of Architecture, UNLV, and is Co-Director of the Urban Futures Lab. Registration link in bio. #designconversationseries #liljestrandfoundation #liljestrandhouse #environmentaldesign #climatechange

Last Liljestrand House tour of 2019 #docomomosymposium So much fun hosting guests from all over the world, we love shari...
09/29/2019

Last Liljestrand House tour of 2019 #docomomosymposium So much fun hosting guests from all over the world, we love sharing the house and its’ history. Special shout out and big mahalos to our amazing team of docents who made all of these tours possible. Thank you @docomomohi for inviting us to be a community partner. #Liljestrand house #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #tropicalmodernism #hawaiimodernism #mxd_mod

Our Facilities and Events Manager Trudy and John @hawaii_modern discussing painting one of the pavilion walls back to th...
09/29/2019

Our Facilities and Events Manager Trudy and John @hawaii_modern discussing painting one of the pavilion walls back to the original orange during a @docomomohi symposium tour lull. Yes, we’re really going to do it! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #mxd_mod #docomomosymposium #tropicalmodernism #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

@docomomohi symposium closing party last night at IBM Building. Four days of Modernism heaven. And so much fun hosting 9...
09/28/2019

@docomomohi symposium closing party last night at IBM Building. Four days of Modernism heaven. And so much fun hosting 9 tours of #liljestrandhouse #mxd_mod #docomomohawaii

View from the upstairs lanai over Punchbowl circa 1950s. Mind blowing...seems as though Ossipoff lost his “war on ugline...
09/18/2019

View from the upstairs lanai over Punchbowl circa 1950s. Mind blowing...seems as though Ossipoff lost his “war on ugliness” 📷: Howard Liljestrand #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

Monday views, looking up to the master bedroom 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff...
09/16/2019

Monday views, looking up to the master bedroom 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #tropicalmodern #midcenturymodern

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s a beautiful morning up here on the mountain! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff...
09/13/2019

Happy Aloha Friday! It’s a beautiful morning up here on the mountain! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

Epic Design Conversation with @craigsteely last night! Huge mahalos to Craig for a fantastic presentation! Special thank...
09/11/2019

Epic Design Conversation with @craigsteely last night! Huge mahalos to Craig for a fantastic presentation! Special thanks to @sakamotoarch for curating and moderating our programs, @bintangbeerusa for all the beer, @aesopskincare for volunteering, @wiseelephanthawaii for photography and our wonderful docents. Thank you to all who came, we hope to see you soon! Join our email list for first notice of future Design Conversations 📷: @wiseelephanthawaii #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #designconversationseries @ Liljestrand House

Can’t get enough of our newly repaired sliding doors that disappear into the walls. Thank you to all of our Friends of L...
09/06/2019

Can’t get enough of our newly repaired sliding doors that disappear into the walls. Thank you to all of our Friends of Liljestrand for making major repairs and preservation possible! Love this shot by @bungalow9 from our Friends party last week. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern

For the first time in over 40 years, the downstairs sliding doors open for an unobstructed view of Honolulu! #thisoldhou...
08/21/2019

For the first time in over 40 years, the downstairs sliding doors open for an unobstructed view of Honolulu! #thisoldhouse #unstuck #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern

Join us for an evening with @craigsteely of Craig Steely Architecture! Ticket link in bio. Tickets are going fast! If yo...
08/16/2019

Join us for an evening with @craigsteely of Craig Steely Architecture! Ticket link in bio. Tickets are going fast! If you’d like to receive advance notice and early ticket sales for all of our Design Conversations, become a Friend of Liljestrand! Or sign up for our email list to receive notice when public ticket sales begin. Info on our website. #craigsteelyarchitecture #designconversationseries #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation

Love this recent shot by @berndrathjen #porsche912 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff ...
08/13/2019

Love this recent shot by @berndrathjen #porsche912 #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodern

The biggest of many projects being done around the house this week. Downstairs sliding doors are gettin’ fixed! One door...
08/06/2019

The biggest of many projects being done around the house this week. Downstairs sliding doors are gettin’ fixed! One door is off for repair, rotted wood will be removed and tracks will be re-poured. Hopefully all will be back together soon. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #thisoldhouse @ Liljestrand House

Favorite from a beautiful series of photos of the house by @annienguyen #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipo...
07/28/2019

Favorite from a beautiful series of photos of the house by @annienguyen #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #midcenturymodern

Of all the places to snooze in the house, I’m not sure that I’d select this particular one. #betterthanmykeyboard #lilje...
07/26/2019

Of all the places to snooze in the house, I’m not sure that I’d select this particular one. #betterthanmykeyboard #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

Perfect golden hour shot by @modarchitecture #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midce...
07/17/2019

Perfect golden hour shot by @modarchitecture #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaii

What is presently the archive room used to be a film/photo room, complete with darkroom for Howard and Betty’s many proj...
07/06/2019

What is presently the archive room used to be a film/photo room, complete with darkroom for Howard and Betty’s many projects. The room still houses all of the hundreds of film reels, and thousands of negatives and slides they took over the years. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff

Love this shot taken by @welchandweeks during a tour back in March! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimiros...
06/21/2019

Love this shot taken by @welchandweeks during a tour back in March! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodernism

Part of the house not usually seen on tours: storage room with the original cast iron pipes. They’ve started leaking in ...
06/11/2019

Part of the house not usually seen on tours: storage room with the original cast iron pipes. They’ve started leaking in the ceiling above the bedroom wing of the house. Time for new pipes! Everything had to come out of the room. Thus no water and no tours for a week or two. Fingers crossed this project doesn’t uncover any other major issues. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #renovations #plumbingwork

Afternoon light in the master bedroom. Painting by Jean Charlot #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipo...
05/31/2019

Afternoon light in the master bedroom. Painting by Jean Charlot #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midcenturymodern

Rewind a few weeks to an incredible #designconversationseries featuring Setsuko and Simon Winchester speaking about Sets...
05/31/2019

Rewind a few weeks to an incredible #designconversationseries featuring Setsuko and Simon Winchester speaking about Setsuko’s “Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowls Project.” Setsuko installed 16 of her tea bowls on site and spoke of the questions at the heart of her project, “who is American?” and “What does citizenship mean?” #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation @ Liljestrand House

Wonderful article by Denby Fawcett in Civil Beat today about Setsuko Winchester's Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowls Project...
05/15/2019
Denby Fawcett: Yellow Bowls And The Ugly Wartime History They…

Wonderful article by Denby Fawcett in Civil Beat today about Setsuko Winchester's Freedom From Fear/Yellow Bowls Project. Setsuko spoke about her project at our Design Conversation Series last week.

https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/05/denby-fawcett-yellow-bowls-and-the-ugly-wartime-history-they-symbolize/

The 120 bowls in varying shades of yellow are being taken to camps where innocent Japanese-Americans were imprisoned during World War II.

Celebrated speakers address the role of creative arts and climate change at the beautiful and historic Liljestrand House...
05/06/2019
Upcoming summit on climate change addresses more than just environment

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!

Check out the story on KITV: https://www.kitv.com/story/40419728/upcoming-summit-on-climate-change-addresses-more-than-just-environment

Experts say the problem reaches into social, humanitarian, and even architectural matters.

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3300 Tantalus Dr
Honolulu, HI
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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: