The Hermann & Johanna Rohrig Residence was built between 1919-1920 in the College Hills Tract in lower Manoa Valley. It is significant as being part of urban growth and suburbanization that prompted a permanent shift from agricultural to residential use in the area. Construction of such dwellings represented political control, economic success, and exclusivity of a small aristocracy in early 20th-century Hawaii. The house is also significant for its architecture, which exhibits elements of the Craftsman and Prairie architectural movements popular during that time period in Hawaii. Important elements include sloped basalt rock for supports, basalt front walls perpendicular to the entry steps, large front lanai, solid wood floors, built-in furniture, roof pitch, and tower.
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