The R. N. Linn Residence was built in 1928 and is significant for its architecture. Designed by Shadinger, the house is a modest cottage rendered in the then emerging Hawaiian style of architecture. Principal elements of the style include the double-pitched hip roof, casement windows, and an open floor plan with single depth rooms. The carved exposed rafters are more than likely the work of Japanese carpenters and are indicative of the time and effort with which they approached their craft. Beyond the basic forms of the Hawaiian style and Japanese carpentry, the Linn Residence is architecturally significant for its fine interior, rendered in a Chinese mode. Given impetus by the Pan-Pacific movement, which emphasized the fact that Hawaii was a harmonious, multi-ethnic society, buildings blended architectural elements from the East and West.
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