The Boettcher Estate was built in 1937 on Kailua Beach, on the windward side of Oahu, and is significant as an example of 1930s Hawaiian-style architecture and the work of architect Vladimir Ossipoff. It was designed by Ossipoff and built by contractor M. Kiuchi, who also teamed up to build the Edric Cook house (State Register). The house is situated on the rise of a sand dune in the center of a landscaped, ocean-front parcel. The one-story house has a distinctive steeply-pitched, cross-hip, “Hawaiian-style” roof, covered with shakes. The building’s U-shaped plan wraps around an in-set lanai supported by coral stone columns. The lanai floor is acid-stained concrete, inscribed with a tapa-inspired design. The open side of the U faces the mountains, protecting the lanai from the prevailing onshore winds. The home’s design combines many elements of indoor/ outdoor living associated with the architecture of Hawaii during this period. The bath and dressing rooms open directly to the exterior, and the large lanai has a fireplace.
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