The Samuel A. and Laura S. Walker Residence was built in 1917 in Nu`uanu. It is a significant example of a bungalow style house constructed in Hawaii in years prior to 1920. The house is typical of its period in its use of materials, methods of construction, craftsmanship, and design. Typical features, such as battered lava rock piers, distinctive bracketing, shingled gable ends, and emphasis on horizontality, make it one of the earliest examples of a colonial bungalow to be found in Hawai`i. However, the lateral running gable roof, a less common bungalow roof form, and its colonial associations engendered by its Tuscan columns distinguish this bungalow from others of its period. This house is also significant for its associations with financier Samuel A. Walker and Judge Gerald Corbett, also known as the “Father of the Family Court System.”
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