The Volcano Block Building is a two story commercial building of reinforced concrete. Three retail spaces occupy the ground floor fronting the street, along with the entry stairs to the second floor office spaces which is located between the first and second retail spaces at the east side. Each retail space has its own separate full basement. The facade features large plate glass show windows and a canopy roof over the sidewalk which is supported by wrought iron brackets. The Volcano Block Building is significant as an excellent representative of a group of structures built in Hilo at this city’s transition into the second most important commercial center in the Hawaiian Islands. It is also significant as an example of a quality reinforced concrete commercial building of the period.
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