Residential tropical modernism
An exceptionally well preserved example of mid-century Hawaiian tropical modernism, the Liljestrand House was designed and built in 1952 by noted Hawaiian modernist architect Vladimir Ossipoff for Betty & Howard Liljestrand and sits on a terraced parcel of secluded forest reserve on Mount Tantalus overlooking Honolulu.
Many of the interiors and furnishings were also designed by Ossipoff and have been meticulously preserved and/or restored; so much so that upon entering the home one might feel like they’ve walked into a time machine set for the 1950s. This isn’t just “retro,” it’s the real thing!
Occupied by the Liljestrands for over 60 years, the family created the Liljestrand Foundation in 2010 to help preserve the house, and in doing so have opened it up for public tours, educational activities and charitable events. The Liljestrand House is listed on both the Hawaii State and U.S. National Registers of Historic Places.
For an opportunity to tour this unique property check out the foundation’s website.
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