The J. P. Mendonca Residence was built in 1927 on the slopes of Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a in lower Manoa Valley. It is significant for its architecture as an example of Mediterranean Revival Style, which was popular in Hawaii at this time. The house was designed by Robert Miller, a Honolulu-based architect who executed many buildings in this style during the 1920s and 1930s, including the Kaimuki and Kalihi fire stations. The attention to detail, high degree of craftsmanship, and large scale make this one of the grander Mediterranean Revival houses in Hawaii. The H-shaped house stands two-stories and is constructed of reinforced concrete. It consists of a central section with wings on either side and features a blue tile roof, stucco walls, round arched opening and arcades. J. P. Mendonca came to Hawaii in 1854 from the Azores and became a well-known figure in the construction industry and ranching.
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