The Mervin Williams Residence was built in 1937 on a hillside lot overlooking Honolulu. The house is significant for its architecture as an excellent example of a late 1930s Hawaii residence designed in the modern style. It was the work of architectural firm Dahl & Conrad and contractor/builder James Miyaki. The architects were one of the major firms, along with Claude Stiehl and Albert Ely Ives, responsible for introducing the modern vocabulary into Hawaiian residential design in the 1930s. Their residential work is characterized by the use of flat or low-pitched hipped roofs, flowing interior spaces, sliding doors, banks of windows, including corner windows, minimal applied ornamentation, and a strong horizontal profile.
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