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St. Joseph Catholic Church

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1919, Edgar Allen Poe Newcomb. Haili St. at Kapiolani St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

With its domed corner tower and ornate terra-cotta entrance, St. Joseph Church is a rare example of Spanish Colonial Revival in Hawaii. This reinforced-concrete, basilican-plan building has a red tile gable roof with overhanging eaves and exposed rafters. Shed roofs run the length of the building and shelter the side aisles. On the interior, round-arched arcades surmounted by semicircular clerestory windows delineate the side aisles and establish the rhythm of the nave. A larger, round-arched opening frames the domed chancel. Round-arched stained glass windows from Belgium adorn the nave and chancel, and king-post truss work supports the roof.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "St. Joseph Catholic Church", [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, 268-268.

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