The Earl R. and Lillian McGhee Residence, built in 1929, is significant as a modestly detailed Fantasy Picturesque style house constructed in Hawaii during the period of the late 1920s to early 1930s. It is one of approximately a dozen such styled houses to remain in Honolulu. Related to the Tudor Revival style, it uses Elizabethan forms in a rather whimsical manner evocative of a fairytale, including a steep, skewed gable, wavy edged asbestos-cement shingles on the facade, and the prominent round arched entry treatment. The house is also significant for its associations with Earl and Lillian McGhee, whose marriage was an early and rare instance of Caucasian-Asian intermarriage during the 1920s. The McGhee’s marriage is associated with the broad pattern of multi-ethnic harmony in Hawaii’s history.
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