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Painting the Wall Orange

December 15, 2019 | Preservation Projects

The last project of 2019, and perhaps the most fun, was painting a section of the pavilion wall and stair railing back to Ossipoff’s original orange color.  Ossipoff had selected a color scheme of yellow, orange and brown for the pavilion with wall sections painted to match the joists.  Howard Liljestrand was never a fan of the orange on the wall or the stair railing so after Ossipoff passed away, he had the orange painted brown.  Facilities and Events Manager, Trudy Couillard, and Advisory Board member John Reyno @hawaiimodern hatched a plan to bring the orange back.  John and his wife Kristen Reyno @kristenhookphotography spent two mornings at the house priming and painting.  Check out the time lapse video shot by Kristen! 


So incredibly refreshing to see a residence unmolested by unsympathetic ownership. The personal touches, stories and tales from the last 67 years provide an amazing tapestry from which we can appreciate this architectural masterpiece. May the preservation of this house inspire not only its’ preservation but also that of other modernist examples in Hawai`i. Thank you.

— Carl Jones, Melbourne, Australia

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The Liljestrand House is listed on the Hawai‘i State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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