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The Carl and Florence (Gurrey) Bayer Residence is a two-story wood frame, simple Craftsman style building that sits on a flat lot by the ocean in `Aina Haina. Built in 1936, the Lewers and Cooke house is significant for its architecture as an excellent example of the simple Craftsman style homes designed by architect Raymond Llwewellen Morris for Lewers and Cooke. It is also significant for its association with Carl and Florence Bayer. The “T” shaped plan has a predominant gabled roof form covered in asphalt shingles with an outset gable end and an extended eave at the entry porch. The Bayer House was a collaborative effort between Raymond Llewellen Morris and Florence Gurrey Bayer. Morris’ philosophy was to “first accomodate the desires and needs of the client and then to express his architectural skill and individualism in the roof design.” The house incorporates the graceful characteristics of the simple “Hawaiian” style house popularized by Morris during this period with its high pitched roof, extended eaves and lanai, as well as the design aspects of a French farmhouse. Carl Bayer came to Hawaii from Germany in 1901 to work for Hackfeld & Co. and worked in various positions in the sugar industry, until becoming the sole proprietor of Rice Stix Dry Goods Co on Bethel Street in Honolulu. His wife, Florence Gurrey, was the daughter of renowned local artist Alfred Gurrey and helped to form the Hawaiian Humane Society with Lucy Ward.
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