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The Machado homestead consists of three Craftsman style Bungalows built on the slopes of Punchbowl, surrounded by avocado, mountain apple, plumeria and mango trees. Built from 1922 to circa 1930 by Henry Freitas, the houses are significant for their architecture and for their association with the early residential settlement of the Portuguese community in Honolulu. The single-wall homes sit on partial or full lava rock foundations with concrete steps leading up to an inset entry porch. They feature tongue-and-groove vertical board walls encircled by girts, paired one-over-one double-hung windows, and combination hip-and-gable roofs. The homes exemplify the popular Craftsman style through the use of decorative gable-ends and rafter tails, brackets, lava-rock piers, and decorative moldings. The homestead compound is surrounded by a low lava rock wall and sits next to the Punchbowl Holy Ghost Church. The houses in this area are mostly small cottages built close together, many have no fences, walls or plantings, indicating that many were built in a manner similar to the Machado’s–for multi-family living. The Portuguese were noted as fine craftsmen and wall builders. The vast majority of the remaining older houses in this area were built in the Craftman style but very few are as intact as the Machado homestead.
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