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Office Building (Bishop Bank Building)

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Bishop Bank Building
1878, Thomas J. Baker. 65 Merchant St.
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)
  • (Photograph by Kaoru Lovett)

The former Bishop Bank building is the last remaining example in Hawaii of northern Italian Renaissance Revival, a style that dominated the commercial core of late-nineteenth-century Honolulu. This sole survivor, although devoid of its metal roof cresting, makes a strong architectural statement with its corner entrance, robustly banded walls, distinctive slender round-arched second-story windows, denticulated cornice, and parapet. The plastered brick building housed Bishop Bank from its opening until 1925. Founded on August 17, 1858, by Charles Reed Bishop and W. A. Ald rich, Bishop Bank was the first permanent banking institution in Hawaii. The building was rehabilitated in 2010.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Office Building (Bishop Bank Building)", [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, 97-97.

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