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Territorial Building

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1931, C. W. Dickey. S. High and Aupuni sts.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

Sharing the corner of High and Aupuni streets with the Wailuku Library (MA13), this two-story building nicely complements its neighbor. The two Hawaiian-style buildings articulate Dickey's maturing vision of an appropriate regional architecture for Hawaii, with their red, double-pitched hipped roofs, overhanging eaves, casement windows, and plastered stone walls. Emphasizing massing over ornamentation, the building offered a sense of the tropics, while solidifying the core of the civic center. Originally the building's roof matched the library's tile roof. Dickey was raised on Maui, the grandson of missionary William Alexander. His family ties un doubtedly helped in obtaining this and other Maui commissions.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Territorial Building", [Wailuku, 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, 195-195.

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