Built in 1901, the Stangenwald Building was hailed as Hawai’i’s first high-rise and its first “fireproof” office building. Six stories tall, the C.W. Dickey- designed landmark is detailed with Italian Renaissance architectural elements including arched windows and cast iron engaged columns. An extended balcony above the entrance is another notable exterior element.
The Stangenwald Building is a part of the Merchant Street Historic District. The district occupies four square blocks in downtown Honolulu, was once the main street of the financial and governmental part of the city, bisects the district and is lined with low-rise buildings. Individually, the buildings of Merchant Street Historic District are of great architectural and historical value. As a group, they represent an incalculable asset as an historic record of Honolulu’s past. The variety of architectural styles depict the changing attitudes and living patterns during the emergence of Honolulu as a major city.
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.