The George D. Oakley Residence was built in 1929 and is significant for its architecture. Miles Gray, an engineer in the U.S. Army Quarter Master Corps, designed this house for Oakley, who was from Scotland. The house exemplifies the English Cottage style of residential design in Hawaii during the 1920s-1930s. Its thatchlike roof, mock half-timbered gable, lava-rock chimney, diamond-paned casement windows, king-post truss ceiling, the wrought-iron hardware, small window in the chimney, and asymmetrical facade–all contribute to make this dwelling one of the more exquisite representations of this Picturesque style in Hawaii. The house is also architecturally significant for its basement floor made of acid-stained cement. This process was developed by Robert B. Lammens during the late 1920s. As far as we know, this process was employed exclusively in Hawaii during this time, and this house is one of only about fifteen known examples of this fine 1920s-1930s craftsmanship extant in the State.
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