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Harkness Nurses' Home

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1932, C. W. Dickey. 1301 Punchbowl St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

A graceful, Hawaiian-inflected rendering of Spanish Mission Revival, the former nurses' home nestles under a red tile, double-pitched hipped roof. It offers a respite from the more severely designed, bustling hospital structures surrounding it. The asymmetrical pavilion plan achieves a balanced harmony, as the front-facing projection of the gable-roofed makai wing counters the squared, slightly elevated mauka corner and its shorter, hipped-roof wing. Framed by the wings, the first-story Corinthian-columned arcade grounds the composition and draws the eye in, turning the three-story mass of the main body into a backdrop. The arcade, second-floor balconies, and open third-floor corridor further diminish the mass of the building, making it one with the environment of its courtyard and beyond.

The building was a gift from philanthropist Edward S. Harkness of New York City and originally served as a residence hall for student nurses. It now is used as offices and laboratories.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Harkness Nurses' Home", [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, 119-119.

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