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American Savings Bank

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Liberty Bank
1952, Vladimir Ossipoff. 99 N. King St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

A coherent mixture of Western modern and traditional Chinese design, the building presents a facade of varied textures, typical of 1950s design in Hawaii. Stainless steel Chinese columns placed beside cast-stone planters with Chinese motifs combine with terrazzo flooring and marble panels to offer a tactile and visual experience within the thirty-foot length of the two-story, inset entrance. The building's rough concrete-brick first story and smooth, planar upper stories, with their stainless steel–framed bands of windows, offer additional materials and textural contrasts. A diagonal, off-center entrance leads to an outstanding 1950s-vintage interior with its curvilinear emphasis and fine koa woodwork.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard



  • 1952


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Don J. Hibbard, "American Savings Bank", [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, 93-93.

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