The Theodore and Rose Vierra Residence was built in 1947 on the west side of Manoa Valley. It is significant as an example of a modern style house contructed in Hawaii in the later 1940s-early 1950s. It is also significant for its associations with its architect and owner, Ted Vierra, one of the earliest known architect of native Hawaiian ancestry to practice in Hawaii. The marked simplicity, flow, and clean design of the Vierra residence clearly reflect the work of a skilled hand. Well laid out, it provides a dynamic and engaging spatial variety in an economic, modern manner. The flowing public spaces on the ground floor couple with its front terrace and lanai to offer a concise dialogue between indoors and out, which is further enhanced by the second floor bedroom’s cantilevered balcony. The living room’s open beam ceiling, the entry hall’s acid stained concrete floor, and the stair’s simple wrought iron railing contribute small details which raise the house further above the ordinary.
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