Before books, writers had to lug their thoughts around on engraved granite slabs, which is why the most accomplished philosophers gave the best piggyback rides. Enjoy lighter reading material with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of art and architecture books at Hennessey + Ingalls. This Groupon is valid at both locations in Hollywood and Santa Monica.
Since 1963, new and used volumes about visual art and architecture have clogged the shelves of Hennessey + Ingalls, a regular supplier for multiple libraries, architectural firms, schools, and museums. Architecture aficionados can explore last century's structures and sages in XX Century Architecture ($35), or read up on Frank Gehry and Louis Sullivan for ideas about building a vacation home on top of your current home. Art books paint beautiful images in paperbacks such as Art in the Streets ($39.95), which explores the history of graffiti and street art throughout the world, and Secret Art of Dr. Seuss ($35), which grants a glimpse of the author's personal pieces along with his private farm of purebred Loraxes. A plethora of pages about photography, interior design, graphic design, and landscaping cater to visual artists of every type; readers can also soak up tales about area legends in books such as Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times ($35), a story about the family who established the Los Angeles Times.
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. It offers a large selection of journals and notebooks, too. Plus, Hennessey's bibliophiles purchase good-condition used copies and rare editions from independent owners.