The Lyle House was built in 1931 on a flat lot in Manoa Valley. The house is a one-story Craftsman Bungalow and is significant for its architecture and its association with the early residential development of Honolulu. The house is set on a lava rock foundation and features a front gable, hip roof and exposed rafters. The lava rock foundation has semi-circular window openings to allow ventilation below the house. The house exemplifies this style through its use of decorative brackets, curved gable board, asymmetrical floor plan, and porch. The simplicity of the Craftsman design, use of natural materials, and the architecture’s conduciveness to warm weather–all led to the popularity of this style, when it was introduced to Hawaii in the early 1900s. Like other Craftsman homes, the curve of the front gable displays a Japanese influence. The Lyle House also features the servant quarters and a large garage in the back of the property.
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