The Royal Mausoleum is in the form of a Latin cross measuring 27′-9″ by 34′-3-1/2″. Originally, the exterior walls were of cut coral with raised mortar joints. Buttresses were added to the corners and mid-walls. The roof is steep gable form originally roofed with English slate and surmounted by bronzed and gilded crosses. The Royal Mausoleum is significant as it is one of the few examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Hawaii, and serves as a memorial to Hawaii’s past rulers, many of whom were interred here. In addition, this structure was constructed in 1863 of materials native to Hawaii and it was designed by Theodore C. Heuck, Honolulu’s first professional architect.
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