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History

 

 Since its founding in 1963, Hennessey + Ingalls has grown to fill a unique niche in American retailing. Our store is now the largest art and architecture bookstore in the western United States, and it is probably the largest retail operation in the country dealing just with books on the visual arts. The business was founded by Reginald Hennessey as an outlet for rare and out-of-print architecture books and is still family- owned and managed. In 2003 we moved our flag ship store into its current location at 214 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, just around the corner from where we had done business for some twenty years in the Third Street Promenade. Hennessey + Ingalls has become a landmark in the visual arts community. From our over 8,000 square feet of selling space (Santa Monica Store), we provide books to a wide selection of customers in Southern California and indeed all over the world.


In 2008 we took another giant leap and opened a second location in the heart of Hollywood. This store provides a more central location for the ever expanding Los Angeles market. This location is within minutes of Downtown L.A., Silverlake, Hollywood Hills and Valley communities. Although not a large as our Santa Monica store, at 2,500 square feet, it provides the best-of-the-best of what Hennessey + Ingalls has to offer.


We are pleased to count many of the area's and the country's leading architectural firms as our clients, along with museums, collectors, art galleries, students, interior designers, graphic design firms, and schools. We are the primary book supplier to three large academic art libraries in Southern California, as well as to smaller schools and corporate libraries around the country. We maintain especially strong and in-depth selections of books in art and art history, all phases of architecture, photography, interior design, graphic design, and landscaping. The broadness of our collections and the knowledge of our staff have Hennessey + Ingalls an important stop for art directors in film, television, and advertising.


Hennessey + Ingalls also maintains a small but active publishing division, producing about six titles a year and distributing them to bookstores and libraries across the country. Our list of about fifty titles in print consists mainly but not exclusively of reprints of classic titles on California modernist architecture.

In short, Hennessey + Ingalls has proven itself over the years through the combination of unequalled stock and most attentive customers service to be a successful and valued member of the vibrant art, architecture, and design communities here in Southern California and beyond.