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Wailuku Union Church

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1912, W. R. Patterson with Emory and Webb. 327 S. High St.
  • (Courtesy Wailuku Union Church)

Constructed of stones gathered in Iao Valley and the fields of the Wailuku Sugar Company, this Gothic Revival church, with its steeply pitched gable roofs, corner buttresses, and crenellated tower, offers a traditional image of Christendom to the city, “a masterpiece for the glory of God,” according to the Maui News on January 20, 1912. The Greek cross plan modified by a shallow altar-end wing and the introduction of the corner entrance tower makes for an unusual interior organization. The choir sits in one transept and the congregation gathers in the ell formed by the nave and other transept. Gothic-styled arches compartmentalize the nave and transept spaces, while the high ceiling magnifies the otherwise compact interior. The ceiling height is accentuated by medieval-style roof framing with hammer beams, collars, and bracings that all spring from the bulbous capitals of the columns and pilasters. The stained glass windows were among the last produced by the Charles F. Hogeman Company of Orange, New Jersey, the successor firm to Charles Booth of New York City and London.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Wailuku Union Church", [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, 195-197.

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