The Fort Ruger Market sits on a gently sloping lot at the southwest corner of Alohea Avenue and Edna Street, a residential neighborhood. The structure is a 34′ X 62′, single story, flat roofed, poured in-place concrete store building which faces north and is characterized by a red corrugated metal, shed roof awning which runs the length of the facade. The structure, which was constructed in 1936, also features a simple low parapet along the roof. The Fort Ruger Market is significant for its associations with the history of small neighborhood retail grocery operations in Hawaii during the early twentieth century, and for its associations with urban development in Honolulu prior to the enactment of comprehensive zoning ordinances. It is also significant as an example of a typical, vernacular style, masonry commercial structure built in Honolulu during the 1930s and 40s.
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