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Scottish Rite Cathedral

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1917, William A. Newman; 1921–1923, Ripley, Davis and Fishbourne. 1611 Kewalo St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

The Scottish Rite Cathedral was designed for a Christian Scientist church. The Masons purchased the unfinished Greek cross–plan building in 1921 and completed the interior following plans by Ripley, Davis and Fishbourne. A rare example of Classical Revival in Honolulu, the three-story, yellow brick lodge hall is an imposing, but incongruous, addition to the predominantly residential Makiki district. Its projecting facade has double-height brick pilasters and stuccoed columns, and their Composite capitals feature a red Scottish cross on a shield between the volutes.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Scottish Rite Cathedral", [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, 147-147.

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