The Purvis Residence was built in 1930 in lower Nuuanu on a sloping, landscaped lot overlooking Nuuanu stream. The house is significant for its architecture as a good example of a 1920/1930s Spanish Mission Revival residence in Hawaii. It was designed by architect C. W. Dickey and has a notable 1934 addition by Harry Sims Bent. Dickey and Bent were two of the major architects working in Honolulu during the 1930s. The single-story house exemplifies the Spanish Mission Revival style with plastered walls and red tile gabled roof. The home was built for R. M. Purvis, who for thirty-six years was associated with the Bishop National Bank, retiring in 1948 as its Vice President. The Purvis family resided in this house untill 1939.
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