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$20 for $40 Worth of Art and Architecture Books
Architecture titles include Green Cities of Europe: Global Lessons on Green Urbanism ($35), Gaudi of Barcelona ($45), and Art Deco Furniture: The French Designers ($31.95). Art books include Duchamp & Co. ($27.50) and Art: The Twentieth Century ($29.99).
Hennessey + Ingalls
Hennessey + Ingalls's eclectic bookstore sells tomes covering visual arts, such as photography, as well as interior design, landscaping, fashion photography and architecture. The founding family still owns and manages its paper-based stock, ensuring that volumes remain well organized according to the length of authors’ moustaches. Originally founded in 1963 as a refuge for rare and out-of-print books, the massive store—the Santa Monica location spans 8,000 square feet—supplies vital reference materials for local architectural firms, museums, art galleries, and schools. Hennessey + Ingalls also runs a small publishing division, which produces and distributes six titles each year, most of which are reprints focusing on California's modernist architecture and postmodernist oil paintings of avocados. They also offer a large selection of journals and notebooks. Hennessey's bibliophiles also purchase good-condition used copies and rare editions from independent owners.