Distinguished by its eclectic style, the John Guild Residence is a three-story wood framed gable roofed structure distinguished by eleborate bracketing and woodwork. The residence stands at the corner of Vancouver and Hunnewell, having a major visual impact on the residential neighborhood. The scale massing and the detailing are dominant within the neighborhood. The present form of the house dates from a major remodeling undertaken in 1919 by John Guild, the then secretary of Alexander & Baldwin. Predating Hawaii zoning laws by some fifty years, the seaview area was one of the first areas to impose restrictive covenants for design and view planes. It is likely that this is the reason that John Guild remodeled an earlier house on this site, rather than rebuilding a new house.
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