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Federal Building and U.S. Post Office

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1917, Henry D. Whitfield; 1938 additions. Waianuenue Ave. and Kekaulike St.

An adaptation of standard governmental forms to tropical Hawaii, the three-story, reinforced-concrete post office successfully integrates a formal classical composition with an open informality. A two-story colonnade of Tuscan columns is tempered by the green tile hipped roof with overhanging eaves, and the open lobby. Service counters, tables, and post-boxes are situated on a central lanai, allowing customers to conduct business outdoors. Two wings added in 1938 adhere closely to the original design and finishes, and further enhance the convivial indoor-outdoor relationship through their use of lanai as corridors. The building bears a high level of detailing, from its marble and terrazzo floors to its spiral stair with marble treads and wrought-iron banister, whose newel post is capped by a pineapple finial. The third-floor courtroom unfortunately has been remodeled into office space.

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Author: 
Don J. Hibbard
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Don J. Hibbard, "Federal Building and U.S. Post Office", [Hilo, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-HA36.

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 266-266.

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