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W. H. Shipman House

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1899, H. L. Kerr. 141 Kaiulani St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

One of the last Queen Anne–style houses remaining in Hawaii, the two-story Ship-man residence sits on the peak of a hillside lot on Reed's Island. With its corner turret, wraparound lanai, porte-cochere, and gable-roofed second-story balcony, it is a grand and elegant house. Turned balustrades, Doric columns, stained glass windows, and the curved double-hung windows in the living room and the parlor further contribute to the house's air of dignity. The windows ascend into the wall, allowing direct access to the lanai. The fish-scale-shingled gables and clapboard siding typify the time, as do the linen walls of the interior rooms. The house was built for Hilo businessman J. R. Wilson, and was the first to be erected on Reed's Island. In 1900 it was sold to cattle rancher W. H. Shipman. The house remains with the Shipman descendents and now operates as a bed-and-breakfast.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "W. H. Shipman House", [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, 268-269.

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