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The U.S. Immigration complex, constructed in 1934, consists of five buildings: administration building, detention building, lounging shed, garage and waiting shed, and the gardener’s cottage (no longer standing). The four remaining buildings all share the common feature of the “Dickey” roofs, high, double-pitched, tile hip roofs. The U.S. Immigration buildings are most significant for their architectural contribution. They were designed to fit the climate and atmosphere of Hawaii and to be an inviting place for immigrants, and they feature the first use of terra cotta in Hawaii. The Immigration Station is a fine example of the talent of C.W. Dickey, one of Hawaii’s most prolific architects.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.