The John and Eleanor Freitas House was built in 1932 on the slopes of the Judd Hillside neighborhood in lower Manoa Valley. The parcel sits above an old quarry site. The house is significant for its architecture as an example of Hart Wood’s residential work. Wood is recognized as one of the architects who helped to define the “Hawaiian” style of design in the first half of the 20th century. This home exemplifies Wood’s characteristic use of exposed truss ceilings, ornamental metal work, and shingled roofs. It has board-and-batten walls and a tall, double-pitched roof. All windows originally were six-over-six double-hung. The contractor was Y. Kobayashi and Sons. The sloping lot was extensively terraced, and the original landscape was designed by Catherine Jones Richards and Robert Oliver Thompson, who were noted for their work during the 1920s & 1930s. John and Eleanor Freitas built their residence as their retirement home and occupied it for forty years until their deaths.
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