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Meet Brett Hennessey of Hennessey + Ingalls Bookstore in Arts District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brett Hennessey.

Brett – please tell us the Hennessey + Ingalls story.

Since its founding in 1963, Hennessey + Ingalls has grown to fill a unique niche in American retailing. We are the largest art, architecture and design bookstore in the western United States, and probably the largest retail operation in the country dealing just with books on the visual arts. Founded by Reginald Hennessey as an outlet for rare and out-of-print architecture books and is still family-owned and managed by his son, Mark Hennessey.

In 2003, after 20+ years on Santa Monica’s 3rd Street Promenade, the store moved to Wilshire Blvd. At this time, I came into the business, computerizing the entire operation and created a robust website and online presence.

As of February 2016, the store left its west side roots and moved to the booming Arts District of Downtown L.A. We hope that this new location will begin a new chapter in our company’s history and that we become a staple for decades to come in Downtown L.A.

Excellent, what else should we know?
Hennessey + Ingalls has become a landmark in the visual arts community. They are pleased to count many of the area’s and the country’s leading architectural firms as clients, along with museums, collectors, art galleries, students, interior designers, graphic design firms, and schools. They 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. They 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 the collections and the knowledge of the staff at Hennessey + Ingalls is an important reason why top art directors in film, television, and advertising shop with them.

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