The Clinton Briggs Ripley Homestead in lower Nu’uanu has four houses designed in different yet compatible styles, which share a large, sloping yard shaded by mature trees and are connected by concrete stepping stones. The family compound is significant for its architecture and for its association with Clinton Briggs Ripley, a notable architect in Hawaii who designed all the houses. Because Ripley was one of the earliest architects in Hawaii, there is little remaining of his work, making this compound a very rare and significant example of his work. Ripley built and resided in House #52, which he designed in 1895 in the Italianate style. He then designed and built the other three homes for his daughters between 1919-1921. Two homes, #54 & #56, are designed in the Craftsman Bungalow style, and the third #58, and most elaborate, in the Neoclassical style. A carriage house/maid’s quarters was constructed to the north west of House #58. Although each house is built in a style that was popular in America at its time, the use of lanais, wide overhangs and large windows show a consciousness of Hawaii’s climate. The family has remained continuously on this property for the last 100 years.
This list of Hawaii’s historic properties is provided as a public service by Historic Hawaii Foundation. It is not the official list of properties designated on the Hawaii State Register of Historic Places. For official designations and determinations of eligibility, contact the State Historic Preservation Division of the Department of Land and Natural Resources of the State of Hawaii at 808-692-8015.