The Jean Vaughan Gilbert House is a two-story wood frame Craftsman style building that sits prominently on a small mountain at the mouth of the Manoa Valley. Built in 1912, it is significant for its architecture and its association with Jean Vaughn Gilbert, who is important in the history of Hawaii as a leading female attorney circa 1930-1970. It is an excellent example of the large architectually designed homes that were built in the “new street car” community of Manoa. The house was constructed orginally for Noel Deerr, a sugar technologist for the Hawaii Sugar Planters Association. The architect was Harry Livingston Kerr, a New York state born architect, who came to Honolulu to practice in 1898, and the builder was Trent Trust Co. The home was purchased in 1940 by Jean Vaughan Gilbert and her husband Melbourne Newcomb Gilbert.
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