The Lyndon Roberts Residence was built circa 1930 in the middle-class Kahala neighborhood of Honolulu. The house is significant for its architecture as one of the few examples of “Hawaiian style” residential architecture remaining in Kahala from the early 20th century. It is a single-story frame house, distinguished by its prominent, double-pitched hipped roof, over-hanging eaves, exposed rafters, and numerous windows for ventilation. It has a centered, inset lanai with concrete coconut trunk columns. The lanai columns are the only known example of this motif in the city making this especially noteworthy. The “Hawaiian style” was formalized by C. W. Dickey and Hart Wood around 1926 with the construction of cottages at the Halekulani Hotel. As the style became popular, a number of building supply companies such as Lewers & cooke and Theo E. Davies provided house plans to customers. The house may have been constructed using such plans by Mr. Roberts, a salesman, and his wife, Wanda, who was a teacher with the Territorial Department of Public Instruction.
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