Built in 1930, the W.W. Goodale Moir Residence is a one-story Spanish Colonial Revival house built on a gently sloping pie-shaped lot in lush Nu’uanu Valley and surrounded by notable gardens. The home was known as Lipolani. It is significant for its architecture as an example of the residential work of architect Louis E. Davis who designed many structures in the popular Spanish Colonial Revival style in the 1920s & 1930s. The house is noted for its unusual and artistic detailing. It features cement stucco exterior walls; red tile roof; an arched entry; and metal casement windows. The unusual shaped site is almost completely enclosed in such a manner as to create several courtyards with distinctive characteristics around the house. The house has been featured in numerous books and magazines for the owners’ artful handling of the gardens. The residence was built by William Whitmore Goodale Moir, a noted orchid hybridizer and long time sugar industry agronomist.
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