3029 Oahu Avenue is a Craftsman style house built circa 1935 in Manoa Valley. It is significant for its architecture and for its association with the residential development of Honolulu. The Craftsman style bungalow was popular in the United States from 1890 to about 1940. By the 1920’s, the style had become very popular in Hawai`i, partly because of its availability and its suitability to the islands’ climate and lifestyle. This bungalow is an early example of a “spec” house by architect Herber Cohen Cayton and contractor Kobayashi. As a “spec” house, or a house built in speculation of a buyer, there was no specific client. The architect needed to speculate on the needs and desires of the “average” buyer. The charming house has a rectangular plan, clapboard siding, and a steeply-sloped hip roof with two front-facing gables on each end. Both gable ends feature a circular vent. The windows are generally paired 6-over-6 double hung sash on the top floor, and 8-over-8 light, double hung sash flanked by 4-over-4 light windows on the first floor. The house represents the expansion of middle-class housing in Honolulu in the first half of the twentieth century and the development of the highly desirable neighborhood of Manoa.
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