The 17-room, 75-year-old dilapidated mansion at 533 N. Mariposa St. was in a rundown section of Hollywood. After a visit to the Hall of Records, the Womanhouse group found the owner to be Amanda Psalter. The group described their intentions for the house in a letter to the Psalter Family. In response, the house was granted through a special lease agreement for the 3-month duration of the project. After this time, it would be demolished. Construction spanned from November 1971 to January 1972.
In order to renovate the house, the women tackled tasks included cleaning, painting, sanding scraping and wallpapering walls, replacing windows, sanding floors, and installing lights. New walls were built for practical and aesthetic reasons and women learned wallpapering techniques to refurbish one of the rooms. Eventually a crew was needed to paint the exterior of the house, install locks and advise the women on basic electrical wiring.
The women struggled as they began renovating the mansion during the winter, as the building did not have hot water, heat, or plumbing. Renovations included replacing 25 windows and replacing banisters that had been pulled out by vandals. They worked long 8 hour days under conditions some described as grueling.
Womanhouse became an installation and performance space January 30 – February 28, 1972. Only women were allowed to view the exhibition on its first day, after which the exhibition was open to all viewers. During the exhibition's duration, it received approximately 10,000 visitors.