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The C. Brewer Building was constructed in 1930 and the appearance has been described more as a residence of mansion proportion rather than a corporate office building. Spanish and Mediterranean revival architecture was a national trend during this period and this is reflected in the C. Brewer Building. A dominant element is the high double pitched tile hip roof with wide overhang. The structure is a combination of concrete and carefully cut native blue stone with a rough stucco finish. The C. Brewer Building is architecturally significant as one of downtown Honolulu’s outstanding examples of the local adaptation of the Spanish mission revival style. The building is also significant for its associations with C. Brewer and Company, which claims to be the oldest American business firm west of the Rockies.
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