Built in 1927, Honolulu Academy of Arts is a one and two story building of stone wall construction. Textured white plastered walls, a columned entrance lanai and a dominating high pitched tile roof characterize what has come to be known as the “Hawaiian” architecture which developed during the 1920s and 1930s. The interior is arranged around five open courts surrounded by exhibit galleries. Each court reflects a different character, the most distinctive influences being that of the Spanish and Chinese. Honolulu Academy of Art is significant as an example of Hawaiian architecture, combining Chinese, Spanish, and island designs. It is also significant as the work of architect Bertram Goodhue who was commissioned by Mrs. C.M. Cooke to design a building for the Honolulu Academy of Arts on her family’s home site which she donated for this purpose.
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