The Clarence Cooke Residence was built in 1932 and is significant for its architecture and association with Clarence Hyde Cooke, a prominent businessman who became president of Bank of Hawaii in 1909 and was elected to the Territorial legislature in 1913. Designed by Hardie Phillip, who designed several other outstanding Hawaiian-style buildings in Honolulu such as the C. Brewer Building and former residence of Governor Carter, the house is a twenty-four room mansion rendered in a Hawaiian style of architecture. The two-story, white-washed brick and frame residence features an asymmetrical plan which lends the building a sense of sprawling informality. Well-planned, well-crafted, and known for paying high attention to detail, the house was built for lavish, opulent entertainment which it came to be associated with. As such, it epitomizes the finest traditions in upper-class residential design in Hawaii for its period.
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