The Makiki Christian Church, which was constructed in 1931, is a five-story redwood building rendered in the style of an early Edo period castle of Japan. Its main tower rises ninety feet above street level. A three-story parish hall and Sunday school, built four years after the tower, extends out from the tower to give the building a T-shaped floor plan. The Makiki Church is architecturally significant as the only example of a Christian church in the United States modeled after a sixteenth century Japanese castle. A blend of eastern motifs and western materials, the building’s bold roof lines and massing well bespeak their Eastern inspiration, as does its details and ornamentation.
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