The William Ninde Chaffee House, built in 1922, is significant for its association with the College Hills subdivision. This was the first major subdivision in the Manoa Valley district of Honolulu, which spurred the valley’s transition from agricultural to residential uses. The house is a Craftsman style bungalow of its period with an exceptional degree of integrity of location, design, materials, workmanship, feeling and association. It is also significant as the former home of William Ninde Chaffee who was a key player in the development of a citywide water conveyance system for Honolulu. Prior to his association with the Honolulu Sewer and Water Commission, which he joined at its inception in 1927, water delivery in Honolulu was accomplished by a haphazard arrangement of supply sources, which failed to deliver a steady supply of water.
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