Hart Wood: Architectural Regionalism in Hawaii

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University of Hawaii Press, 2010 - Architecture - 276 pages
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This lavishly illustrated book traces the life and work of Hart Wood (1880 1957), from his beginnings in architectural offices in Denver and San Francisco to his arrival in Hawaii in 1919 as a partner of C. W. Dickey and eventual solo career in the Islands. An outspoken leader in the development of a Hawaiian style of architecture, Wood incorporated local building traditions and materials in many of his projects and was the first in Hawaii to blend Eastern and Western architectural forms in a conscious manner. Enchanted by Hawaii s vivid beauty and its benevolent climate, exotic flora, and cosmopolitan culture, Wood sought to capture the aura of the Islands in his architectural designs.

Hart Wood s magnificent and graceful buildings remain critical to Hawaii s architectural legacy more than fifty years after his death: the First Church of Christ Scientist on Punahou Street, the First Chinese Church on King Street, the S & G Gump Building on Kalakaua Avenue, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply Administration Building on Beretania Street, and the Alexander & Baldwin Building on Bishop Street, as well as numerous Wood residences throughout the city.


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Influences of Youth
Woods Early Career
Wood Opens His Own Firm
The Stage Is Set
Early Work in Hawaii
Wood Leads the Hawaiian Regional Architecture Movement
The Depression Years and World War II
Reopening His Office
The Crepuscualr Years the End of a Career

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About the author (2010)

Don Hibbard is an architectural historian who served as director of Hawaiia (TM)s state historic preservation office for twenty-four years. He is the author of The View from Diamond Head.

Glenn Mason, co-owner of Cultural Images, a museum and historical society consulting firm, is an avid enthusiast of the Arts and Crafts movement. While director of the Lane County Museum in Eugene, Oregon, and the Cheney Cowles Museum (now Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture) in Spokane, Washington, he mounted several Arts and Crafts exhibits, researched and spoke on the subject, and helped secure Arts and Crafts collections of regional and national significance.

Karen J. Weitze is an architectural historian living in California who has worked on historic preservation projects across the nation, including Hawaii. She is the author of California s Mission Revival and primary contributor to The Arts and Crafts Movement in California: Living the Good Life.