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Old School Hall

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1851, William Harrison Rice
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

Constructed of stones quarried on Rocky Hill, this modest, 60 × 36–foot building, the oldest on campus, originally housed one classroom on each of its floors. Over the years, it served as a dormitory as well as a music building. Today it is used as a classroom space. Praise by Ralph Adams Cram and Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue contributed to the preservation of this building at a time when some questioned the need to retain it. In 1921, Goodhue recommended that its rough walls and well-ordered proportions be the pattern for all subsequent buildings on campus. His successor firm's plans for Dillingham Hall reflected this viewpoint.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Old School Hall", [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, 149-149.

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