Although appearing to be two stories, this former state tax office actually has three floors, which are disguised by elongated windows and masonry grilles on the lower elevation, and a shallow, red tile, double-pitched hipped roof. By adapting the Spanish Mission Revival style to the building's period and place, this PWA-funded project makes a concise, crisp contribution to Hawaii's regional design synthesis. The H-shaped structure's front courtyard, entrance lanai, and balcony, coupled with Art Deco grilles, give the otherwise solid, reinforced-concrete building a sense of openness. The lanai's square-cut, finished, coral columns and balcony reinforce the Hawaiian character of the building.
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