The Heaton L. and Caroline Cooke Wrenn beach house is situated on the beach at Lanikai, a residential neighborhood in Kailua. There are two houses on the property, a non-contributing two story house constructed in 1999 is on the right side of the property, and the two story historic beach cottage is on the left, when looking towards the ocean. The house is plantation modern in style with a composition shingle, hip roof with overhanging eaves and exposed rafter tails. It sits on a poured in place concrete foundation, and is of single wall construction with tongue and groove walls, with the second story projecting beyond the first. The cantilevered second story features stylized modillion-like brackets. The Heaton L. and Caroline Cooke Wrenn beach cottage is significant on the local level under criterion A for its associations with the development of Lanikai and is also significant at the local level under criterion C as a good example of a plantation modern style house designed during the 1930s in Hawaii.
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