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.
(2)

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.

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

Monstera shadows in the hallway #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #mi...
10/05/2020

Monstera shadows in the hallway #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #savingplaces

This is Eric, the youngest of the four Liljestrand children. When Bob Liljestrand (seated on diving board in 2nd pic) ca...
09/24/2020

This is Eric, the youngest of the four Liljestrand children. When Bob Liljestrand (seated on diving board in 2nd pic) came up with the idea of creating a foundation to preserve the house and make it available to the public, Eric was fully onboard. He and Bob sold their respective homes in order to pay the tax bill on the property so that it could be gifted to the newly created foundation. Eric passed away in 2016 but his legacy lives on. Without his belief, enthusiasm and generosity, it would not have been possible to preserve and share Liljestrand House. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #historichome #savingplaces @ Liljestrand House

Our Eames 3rd generation DCM from Evans is back where it belongs, in the powder room off of the library! Thank you John ...
09/01/2020

Our Eames 3rd generation DCM from Evans is back where it belongs, in the powder room off of the library! Thank you John @hawaii_modern for your extraordinary restoration work on this piece! 🙏 We are forever grateful! It was a delaminated rusty mess in need of a ton of TLC + a bit of magic. #eamesdcm #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern

Dreaming of taking a dip in the pool on this hot day. Even up on the mountain it’s 🔥🌞🔥with not a breeze in sight. As Oss...
08/26/2020

Dreaming of taking a dip in the pool on this hot day. Even up on the mountain it’s 🔥🌞🔥with not a breeze in sight. As Ossipoff once said, air conditioning is evil! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern

Magical reflection of the backyard on the acrylic case that holds the model of the house. The downstairs fireplace never...
08/19/2020

Magical reflection of the backyard on the acrylic case that holds the model of the house. The downstairs fireplace never worked well and over the years, the Liljestrands used the space for decorative baskets, pots and tchotchkes. After the Hawaiian Modern retrospective on Ossipoff by @sakamotoarch from 2007-2009, the model from the exhibit came back to Honolulu and the fireplace proved to be the perfect home for it. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #tropicalmodernism

Lots of work happening this week! Some of the gutters are in dire need of repair. One of the sections along the dining r...
08/13/2020

Lots of work happening this week! Some of the gutters are in dire need of repair. One of the sections along the dining room had been leaking so badly, it hastened the deterioration of the deck so we’re replacing the planks. Another section along the ocean side of the house looked like a loose tooth, threatening to fall off. I kind of loved the ferns growing out of it, but they had to go! This was a tough project to get off the ground. Not many people are interested in taking on a 70 year old gutter system. Glad to have found T. Taketa Sheet Metal and @wavebuilders thanks to Glenn Mason @masonarchitects Many mahalos to architect John Ike and his firm @ikekligermanbarkley for making this long awaited and much needed project possible! #historicpreservation #thisoldhouse #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

Carved wooden rhino makes a great bulletin board. Howard Liljestrand brought this little guy back from Africa in the 90s...
08/12/2020

Carved wooden rhino makes a great bulletin board. Howard Liljestrand brought this little guy back from Africa in the 90s and he’s lived on the kitchen island ever since. If you need to leave a message for someone in the house and want to ensure it will be seen, stick it on his horn. Occasionally we dress him up! #bulletinboard #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

Before the Van Keppel Green furniture, there was a pair of Barwa lounge chairs on the pool deck. Betty Liljestrand purch...
07/31/2020

Before the Van Keppel Green furniture, there was a pair of Barwa lounge chairs on the pool deck. Betty Liljestrand purchased them in 1952 and had them recovered in 1955. The Barwa chair was designed by Edgar Bartolucci and John Waldheim and was introduced in 1947. Last 2 images are the receipts. Our facilities and events manager, Trudy, unearthed the aluminum frames this week! Amazingly, they are in pretty good condition. Adding them to the list of future restoration projects! #barwachair #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern @ Liljestrand House

The pillows are glowing! #goldenhour #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmoder...
07/18/2020

The pillows are glowing! #goldenhour #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern

Backyard party circa late 1960s. In-ground trampoline used to be outside of the guest room. Later, it was moved down nea...
07/02/2020

Backyard party circa late 1960s. In-ground trampoline used to be outside of the guest room. Later, it was moved down near the pool. Wish we still had it, could make our programs and parties extra fun! #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #shotsfromthearchives @ Liljestrand House

06/18/2020

A symphony of sound made by the kitchen window as it rolls down. Motor was made from an old hospital bed mechanism with a series of pulleys and springs. The original window was a set of pocket windows but Betty didn’t like seeing the window frames when closed. So Howard offered to design a window that would go up and down with the flip of a switch. The mechanism broke after Howard passed away and it didn’t work for many years. One day, a guest on a tour asked about the window. When he was told that it was not working, he said “I’m an electrical engineer, I live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house and I would like to fix that for you.” And sure enough about a year later, a set of tools arrived in the mail and he arrived a couple of days later to fix the window! Sometimes the right person shows up at the right time. #rollingwindow #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Bob Liljestrand’s feet heading up the stairs, or as he calls it, the “Dwell” shot. Using time in the empty house to take...
05/05/2020

Bob Liljestrand’s feet heading up the stairs, or as he calls it, the “Dwell” shot. Using time in the empty house to take photos for his upcoming book. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #housemuseum

Solitary moment to enjoy sunset at one of our Design Conversations last fall. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #...
05/01/2020

Solitary moment to enjoy sunset at one of our Design Conversations last fall. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern #designconversationseries

View from the side of Punchbowl up to the top of Tantalus. Setting sun reflecting off the windows for just a moment #lil...
04/20/2020

View from the side of Punchbowl up to the top of Tantalus. Setting sun reflecting off the windows for just a moment #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Sunset shadows in the master bedroom #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmoder...
04/17/2020

Sunset shadows in the master bedroom #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Love all of the new river rocks added to the front of the house. Reminiscent of a #japanesegarden The landscaping was or...
04/13/2020

Love all of the new river rocks added to the front of the house. Reminiscent of a #japanesegarden The landscaping was originally quite different and required an irrigation system with constant tending. In recent decades it’s become more minimal. #thelittlethings #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

Moving some furniture back to their original locations. The “Super Senior “Contour Chair was a custom chair purchased fr...
04/08/2020

Moving some furniture back to their original locations. The “Super Senior “Contour Chair was a custom chair purchased from Contour Chairs Company of Chicago around 1956 for $274. Fabric is “tangerine” Kagan Dreyfus. Howard and Betty purchased 2 of them, each sized to fit them perfectly by sending their measurements to the company. Only Howard’s chair remains and was recently moved from the downstairs Playroom back to its’ original location in the study off the master bedroom. #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #contourchair #midcenturyfurniture #midcenturymodern #hawaiianmodern #vladimirossipoff #ossipoff

Rainy day reflections #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymo...
04/07/2020

Rainy day reflections #liljestrandhouse #liljestrandfoundation #ossipoff #vladimirossipoff #hawaiianmodern #midcenturymodern

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

Address

3300 Tantalus Dr
Honolulu, HI
96822

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Liljestrand House posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Liljestrand House:

Videos

Category

Nearby museums


Other Museums in Honolulu

Show All

Comments

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: