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Kamehameha V Summer Cottage

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1854, c. 1900

Built four miles from downtown Honolulu as a rural retreat for King Kamehameha V, this structure is a rare surviving example of an informally planned mid-nineteenth-century cottage. Its three diverse pavilions are united by a front lanai with a diamond-patterned railing. The three single-wall clapboard structures house a cooking and dining unit, a sleeping and living area, and a decagonal-shaped entertaining room. The last was constructed by banker S. M. Damon sometime around the turn of the twentieth century. Modest gingerbread brackets and scrollwork provide a modicum of ornamentation.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Kamehameha V Summer Cottage", [Honolulu, 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, 80-81.

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