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Hawaii Baptist Academy, Sacred Hearts Convent

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1938, Claude Stiehl. 21 Bates St.
  • (Photograph by Augie Salbosa)

With its clean lines and detailing, the Hawaii Baptist Academy stands as an excellent example of late 1930s intermingling of Moderne and Hawaiian design. A massive two-story building, it retains a human scale through its sensitive proportions, strong composition, attentive decorative program, and a compelling horizontal emphasis imparted by its red tile, hipped roof with wide overhanging eaves. The school's dynamic facade presents an assortment of advancing and receding elements, while its walls meld cast-stone blocks with smooth plaster surfaces. Notable features include the wrought-iron window grilles with their stylized, Asian reverse swastika patterns, decorative eave vents, articulated corners, side-wing lanai columns, incised masonry grilles, and the rounded, recessed entrance with its giant koa door carved by Margarite Blasingame. The inner sanctum is equally worthy with a modified pavilion plan centering on a large, grassed courtyard with lanai corridors wrapping around both floors. Distinct, turreted corners with glass-block windows terminate the wings.

Writing Credits

Don J. Hibbard


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Don J. Hibbard, "Hawaii Baptist Academy, Sacred Hearts Convent", [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, 124-124.

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