Hidden from the main thoroughfare by a thick grove of trees, the Johnston Summer Residence consists of a main house, the maid’s quarters and a two-story carriage house set among a landscaped Japanese garden on a gently sloping lot. The Summer Residence is significant architecturally as an unusual example of the Queen Anne style and for its association with the development of Volcano town as a summer retreat for the well-to-do. It is further significant as one of the few known residential projects of the master landscape architects Kanichi & Fujino Nakamoto, who also landscaped Liliuokalani Gardens in Hilo.
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