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This elaborately embellished Chinese Hall offered a sense of the “exotic orient” for the delectation of the elite families of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Honolulu. Built by banker S. M. Damon as an entertainment pavilion, the finely detailed building's Asian inspiration is reinforced by the roof's upturned corners and the carved work on the roof, entrance, and interior wall panels, all of which came from China. The building's central, square space is open for entertainment, and the short transepts serve as seating areas. Windows with interior louvered shutters reach to the ceiling and constitute most of the walls; they provide a light, open spaciousness, as well as ventilation.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Chinese Hall", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 81-81.

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