President Theodore Roosevelt High School’s property encompasses 20,079 acres in the residential, upper Makiki district of Honolulu. Crowning a wide, grassy knoll is the main, or administration, building. This predominantly three-storied building with its tower and auditorium are of the Spanish Revival style. It is the only Spanish Revival building in an eleven-building complex, all other buildings, added after 1932, are two stories high and of contemporary design. President Theodore Roosevelt High School is an example of the Spanish Revival style architecture which dominated the major buildings of Hawaii in the 1920’s to early 1930’s. Because so few buildings of this style remain in Hawaii today, each had increasing value as a testament to a very active period of public architecture in the Islands. Therefore, President Theodore Roosevelt High School is significant as one of the fine examples of the Spanish Revival style in Hawaii.
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