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Tripler Army Medical Center (Tripler General Hospital)

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Tripler General Hospital
1948, York and Sawyer; many additions. 1 Jarrett White Rd., Halawa
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

Too enormous to ignore, Tripler hospital is as immediately recognizable to residents of Oahu as Diamond Head. Its unmistakable pink mass of reinforced concrete commands Halawa Heights' broad ridgeline. Four-story wings angle off to both sides of the nine-story central administration unit. Two additional shallow, V-shaped wings are sited farther down the sloping, 360-acre parcel and connected to the main body by elevated breezeways, now mostly enclosed. Although the complex is markedly simple in detail, the New York City–based architects claimed they tried to avoid an institutional appearance. However, the enclosing of almost all the makai side's once open lanai and a more recent addition on the mauka side impart an ascetic, if not antiseptic, impression.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Tripler Army Medical Center (Tripler General Hospital)", [TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, 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, 183-183.

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