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Hawaiian Telephone Company (Mutual Telephone Company)
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.
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