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Hawaiian Telephone Company (Mutual Telephone Company)

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Mutual Telephone Company
1931, C. W. Dickey. 115 Kalakaua St.

One of Hilo's most distinctive buildings, this terra-cotta-clad, reinforced-concrete building was described by Dickey as being “of Hawaiian architecture with Chinese trimmings.” The sheltering, tiled roof, the second-story loggia, and much of the detailing convey a Chinese sensibility. The new building's equipment allowed automatic dialing for Hilo's twenty-five hundred customers, a luxury Honolulu had enjoyed since 1910.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawaiian Telephone Company (Mutual Telephone Company)", [Hilo, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

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

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