Part one of the tour was the living room, dining room and kitchen. The kitchen was magnificent. And Part two of the tour was all the bedrooms with the creme de la creme being the master. Our final section of the tour is the amazing downstairs rec room and the landscaping. Here we go!
Bob Liljestrand, the son of Betty and Howard Liljestrand (the original builders and owners of the home), gave us the tour. The stairs down to the rec room were carefully constructed and quite aesthetically pleasing.
Bob said the railing on the right was added when Ossipoff's own mother slipped on the stairs at a party. Aren't these the prettiest stairs you have ever seen?
You are confronted with a large space that runs the span of the house. It contains various seating arrangements, a billiard table and a ping pong table and has both an indoor lounging space and another area that opens up completely to the outside.
Desk area and recliner chair right next to the stairs. Do you love the bright yellow and orange on the cabinets. Pure Ossipoff.
Polished deep brown concrete floor.
Notice how the beams are painted different colors. The bright yellow and orange theme is again all Ossipoff.
There were several of these little lounge seating nooks. Apparently, back in the day, Ossipoff had alternated the back brick colors in bright colors (brown, yellow and orange). After Ossipoff's death they got toned down to brown and orange. Bob thinks that was his fathers doing as his Dad was never sold on the bright wall colors. We would love it today. Ossipoff was ahead of his time for sure.
A bar is tucked away at the end with a piece of fabulous art.
More guest seating or sleeping. And the art again. Ah, the art.
A model was constructed for the Ossipoff exhibit, of the Liljestrand House. The model is tucked under what would have been another fireplace if Ossipoff had constructed it. For some reason, this wasn't finished. It probably wasn't necessary and Ossipoff was never particularly proud of his poorly venting fireplaces (says Bob).
Another little private office tucked at the end of this space. Bob and Trudy (the House Manager) use this space to run the house and also curate its contents and papers.
An array of all the publications the house has been in.
This is the book, Hawaiian Modern: The Architecture of Vladimir Ossipoff (Honolulu Academy of Arts), that Dean Sakamoto served as a primary editor on and in which the Liljestrand House is prominently feature. Dean was on the tour with us which was interesting as well. I looked for the book on Amazon but, alas, it is out of print and carries a steep price.
The secret basement room with every single piece of paper, drawing and correspondence related to the creation of this home cataloged and kept very dry. Bob says that one of the reasons this home is great for architectural students is that the students can review and study the creation of this home from inception to completion via the detailed paperwork Bob's parents preserved.
Gratuitous cat shots. I always have to get a few in. One kitty lives at the house and one was visiting with Trudy (House Manager).
Now for the fabulous outdoor shots.
Here is the back of the house. Upstairs are the bedrooms, and downstairs is the rec room.
Traditional kidney shaped pool with beautiful blue mosaic tile.
|Photo by Albert.|
Upstairs balcony area.
Patio off kitchen goes on forever. Look at the view. The house easily can seat 30 people for dinner at various tables on the first floor.
Looking from kitchen to living room area. Nice wide eaves, easy to walk between areas of the house from the outside without getting wet.
Corner deck seating coming to a sharp point.
Under corner deck.
Chimney. Cool material!
Million dollar view.
Diamond Head in the distance.
|Photo Credit to Albert.|
|Photo by Albert|
Vladimir Ossipoff ran a constant war on ugliness in Hawaii. In everything he designed and built, he won.
Dean Sakamoto put together a retrospective of Ossipoff work for the Honolulu Academy of Arts. You can see his thoughts on Ossipoff here.
Wow, what a house. And what a privilege to walk through the home with Liljestrand's son Bob leading the way and having Dean Sakamoto, the curator of the only Ossipoff exhibit, trailing behind. It was only towards the tail end of the tour that I figured out what Dean's role in all of this was.
And now I can spell and pronounce Ossipoff and Liljestrand with nary a double check.
To tour the house, to learn of other ways that you can use the house, or to help support the Liljestrand Foundation, please contact (808) 537 3116 or email LiljestrandHouse@aol.com. Many thanks to Trudy for arranging our visit and for Bob's detailed and fascinating tour.