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Fukumoto Apartment Building

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1948, Yoshio Kunimoto. 2424 Kapiolani Blvd.

Vaguely Wrightian in spirit, this modest, eight-unit, walk-up apartment building is a picture of right-angled symmetry, with the two wings of its L-shaped plan identical in size and mass. Sensitively detailed, it is grounded at its corners by glass-block-embellished, semi-enclosed stairways. The cantilevered second-story lanai corridor shelters the first story, and, in turn, is sheltered by the overhanging flat roof. A corbeled, masonry-block balustrade with an open grille pattern adds texture and visual energy. The transoms' carefully crafted, Asian decorative work and the downward-tapering blocks at the intersection of the stairs and lanai contribute to the design cohesiveness. The landscaped front court adds a tropical resonance.

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Author: 
Don J. Hibbard
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Don J. Hibbard, "Fukumoto Apartment Building", [Honolulu, Hawaii], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/HI-01-OA125.

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Cover: Buildings of Hawaii

Buildings of Hawaii, Don J. Hibbard. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011, 154-155.

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