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Nippu Jiji (Irwin Block)

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Irwin Block
1896, Ripley and Dickey. 912–928 Nuuanu Ave.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

This two-story Romanesque Revival commercial building was one of a number of blue-stone buildings erected in Honolulu during the 1890s. The building is characterized by its excellent stonework, especially the high-relief work on the second story, three large round arches, corbeled cornice, and parapet. The stone piers have shouldered blocks to suggest capitals. Built as office space, this building housed the Japanese-language newspaper Nippu Jiji from 1923 to 1984.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Nippu Jiji (Irwin Block)", [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, 94-94.

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