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Circuit Court Building

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1938, Harry K. Stewart. 3059 Umi St.

Graceful and well proportioned, the Circuit Court is a fine example of a late 1930s Hawaiian adaptation of Spanish Mission style. Sitting on a raised foundation, the symmetrical, single-story, reinforced-concrete building includes the style's hallmarks: stuccoed walls and a red tile roof. But the roof is low pitched and of Hawaiian style, double-pitched and hipped with gablets. In addition, the building features a projecting centered entrance lanai with square columns. Kapa-like concrete blocks incised in a herringbone pattern provide decoration and ventilation for the basement. The circuit court has a cruciform floor plan, and the lanai leads into an octagonal-shaped foyer featuring a coffered ceiling with articulated, low-arched openings that provide access to the other three wings. Originally this building was intended for the park fronting the Kauai County Building; however, as a result of public outcry to maintain the open space, Umi Street was developed and the courthouse relocated to face the new street.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Don J. Hibbard
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Don J. Hibbard, "Circuit Court Building", [Lihue, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-KA25.

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 65-66.

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