Another architectural bookstore bites the dust: Hennessey+Ingalls closes Hollywood location

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Hennessey + Ingall's Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingall’s Santa Monica location will remain open. (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Art and architecture book nirvana Hennessy + Ingalls closed its Hollywood location on Sunday after just six years in business. The store had been situated in a bow truss structure inside Space 15 Twenty on Cahuenga Boulevard, just north of Sunset.

Hennessey + Ingalls' Hollywood location (Hennessey + Ingalls)

Hennessey + Ingalls’ Hollywood location (Hennessey + Ingalls)

“It’s been a struggle from the get-go,” said store owner Mark Hennessey, who bought the location a few months before the economy collapsed and finally “decided to pull the plug” after Space 15 Twenty substantially raised the rent.

“People are still buying books but they’re not buying them in bookstores,” he added. “We need a new generation of architecture and design lovers. Right now they’re not coming in as often.”

Hennessy + Ingalls will maintain its Santa Monica location, which Hennessey said is the largest of its kind in the country, but he acknowledged that he’s been looking for smaller, more affordable space in Los Angeles’s Arts District.

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