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.
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Kamehameha V Summer Cottage
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