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Bishop Hall

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1891, William F. Smith

This two-story building delights the eye with its solid, single-story portico and adjoining loggia balancing the vertical thrust of the side turret and the gabled entrance bay. Its highly textured stone surfaces and facade of receding and advancing planes create a dynamic tension, imparting a grandness beyond the mere mass of the structure. Charles Reed Bishop, whose name the building honors, contributed the funds to erect it as the administration and classroom building for the recently formed Kamehameha School for Boys. It became a part of the museum in 1961, twenty-two years after the school moved to its present quarters on Kapalama Heights. The turret's wooden third story and bell-shaped copper dome were removed in 1915, much to the detriment of the building's design.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Bishop Hall", [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, 84-84.

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