The Ketchum Residence is a Craftsman-style bungalow built in 1931 in the Diamond Head residential area of Honolulu, Hawai’i. It is significant for its architecture as an example of a Craftsman inspired house in Hawaii. The naturally-stained board and batten walls and use of heavy timbering are character-defining elements of the building’s design. Also, the stepped facade breaks up the symmetry of the facade and contributes to the dwelling’s dynamic tension. In addition to these typical craftsman hallmarks, the house features the “Hawaiian” style, double-pitched hipped roof, which was very popular in the Islands during the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. This further accentuated the horizontal sense of the house, another typical Craftsman characteristic. The screened lanai and exterior bathroom door further fix its location near the beach, where a number of houses from this period featured such doors for use by beach goers.
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