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Bay View Home

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1917, 1928, 1937. Damien St.

One of the earliest major developments undertaken on the Kalaupapa side of the peninsula, Bay View Home housed the settlement's elderly and blind patients. Fire consumed the original buildings, but these were replaced in 1917 with four dormitories and a dining room. Four of these buildings remain to define a grassy open space entered through a concrete gate. The buildings stand above the lawn on concrete piers and feature steep, hipped gablet roofs that shelter deeply inset lanai with diamond-patterned railings, chamfered posts, and jigsaw brackets. In 1928, an assembly hall/chapel, later utilized as a recreation hall, was added to the complex. Sited near the ocean shore, its rear lanai overlooks the bay. A dining hall with covered walkways connecting two of the dormitories was built in 1937 for the exclusive use of the blind.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Bay View Home", [Kalaupapa, 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, 238-239.

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