Built in 1929, the Dillingham Transportation Building is a four-story structure, and the first floor features an arcade. The arcade roof is a simulated porch at the second floor level. The upper three floors are simple planes pierced by rectilinear window openings, the only break in the stucco finish is at the rusticated stone quoins. The structure has a Spanish tile hip roof, and below the eave there is a frescoed frieze. The entrance lobby features Art Deco patterns of variously colored marbles and bricks. The Dillingham Transportation Building is significant for its associations with the commercial development of Honolulu and the Dillingham family empire of businesses. It is also significant as a good example of the Italian Renaissance Revival Style architecture with an ornate Art Deco lobby.
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