The Liljestrand Residence was built in 1929 on the slopes of Tantalus, a cool, mountainous area overlooking Honolulu. The house was designed by architect Vladamir Ossipoff in consultation with owners Betty and Howard Liljestrand. The definition of Pacific Modern best describes this house because its use of interior space, sweepng horizontal lines, and built-in features are representative of modernist architecture; and yet the house is specifically designed to suit its location of both building site and sub-tropical climate. Elizabeth Gordon, a magazine editor for House Beautiful magazine, visited the house in 1953 while on a trip to find a house in Honolulu to feature as their Pace Setter house of the year. The house was photographed in October of 1957, and was recognized by the magazine in its July 1958 issue as the Pace Setter Home of the Year.
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