The C. M. V. Forster residence is significant at the local level as an example of a Craftsman style bungalow designed by Honolulu architect Thomas Gill built circa 1910, as part of the first wave of suburban development in the College Hills District of Manoa Valley. The building has a modified cross-hipped roofline, double-wall construction, slightly flared shingle-clad walls with a sawtooth design motif, and is supported by a stone, and wood post and concrete pier foundation covered by wood lattice work. The exterior of the house features a deep inset front porch, a seven-sided bay window, wood frame window and door screens, and many of the characteristics typical of a Craftsman style bungalow,1 including: a low pitch roofline, battered concrete-capped stone piers, wide overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, multi-pane windows above a large single glass pane, and triangular knee braces.
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