The Abel Residence, built in 1930-31, is located in the College Hills development in Manoa. It is significant as an example of early suburban development at the periphery of Honolulu during the first half of the 20th century. It is also significant as a typical example of Craftsman style architecture. The home possesses many Craftsman-style elements along with Plantation-style architecture which add a strong regional association. It is especially evident in use of a lava rock foundation, multi-paned windows, and unique entrance. Fixtures such as doorknobs, faucets, and lights which may have been replaced under normal conditions of continued use, have remained intact, further reinforcing the integrity of the house. As a result, this house remains a prime example of the aesthetic tastes popular in Hawaii during the early part of the 20th century.
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