Honolulu Downtown & Chinatown Heritage Architecture Photos

Honolulu grew up with shipping, trading & sugar companies plus a progressive royalty who erected many of the commercial & public buildings which now form the core of the architectural heritage of the city. Most of these gems are located along Merchant Street, Nu'Uanu Street, Chinatown, the Fort Street Mall, & around 'Iolani Palace. The Honolulu chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) leads a weekly walk of this heritage and modern architecture.

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Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu, HI.Detail of chariot on proscenium arch design of Greek-style procession in Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu, HI.Alexander & Baldwin Building decorated with sugar motifs. Honolulu, HI.Alexander & Baldwin Building Sugar motifs on facade. Honolulu, HI.
Hawaii Theatre (1922) (1130 Bethel St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Neoclassical. Architect: Walter L. Emory & Marshall H. Webb. On National Register. Detail of chariot on proscenium arch design of Greek-style procession in Hawaii Theatre. Honolulu, HI.Alexander & Baldwin Building decorated with sugar motifs. Honolulu, HI.Alexander & Baldwin Building (1929) (141 Merchant at Bishop) Sugar motifs on facade. Honolulu, HI. Architect: C.W. Dickey & Hart Wood. On National Register.
Facade of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Balconies of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Water buffalo carved on facade of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Portal of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.
Facade of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Balconies of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Water buffalo carved on facade of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.Portal of Alexander & Baldwin Building. Honolulu, HI.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Building beside Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Stagenwald & Judd Buildings on Merchant St. heritage area. Honolulu, HI.Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Decorated facade of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.
Honolulu Star-Bulletin Building (1902) (125 Merchant St.) beside Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI. Architect: Clinton Briggs Ripley & Louis Davis.Stagenwald & Judd Buildings on Merchant St. heritage area. Honolulu, HI.Stagenwald Building (1901) (119 Merchant St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Italianate. Architect: C.W. Dickey.Decorated facade of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.
Decorated facade of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Lobby of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Harbor Court over Judd Building. Honolulu, HI.Judd Building. Honolulu, HI.
Decorated facade of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Lobby of Stagenwald Building. Honolulu, HI.Harbor Court over Judd Building (1898). Honolulu, HI.Judd Building (1898) (111 Merchant St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Renaissance Revival. Architect: Oliver G. Traphagen.
Old Bishop Bank Building. Honolulu, HI.C. Brewer & Co. Building. Honolulu, HI.Details of sculpted surfaces of C. Brewer & Co. Building. Honolulu, HI.Light fixture of C. Brewer & Co. Building. Honolulu, HI.
Old Bishop Bank Building (1878) (63 Merchant St.). Honolulu, HI. Architect: Thomas J. Baker. On National Register.C. Brewer & Co. Building (1930) (827 Fort St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Mediterranean. Architect: Hardie Phillips of Meyers, Murray & Phillips + Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue. On National Register.Details of sculpted surfaces of C. Brewer & Co. Building. Honolulu, HI.Light fixture of C. Brewer & Co. Building. Honolulu, HI.
Kamehameha V Post Office. Honolulu, HI.Kamehameha V Post Office with Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.Portal detail of Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.
Kamehameha V Post Office (1871) (Merchant at Bethel St.). Honolulu, HI. Architect: J. G. Osborne. On National Register.Kamehameha V Post Office (1870-71) with Yokohama Specie Bank (1909) (Merchant at Bethel St.). Honolulu, HI.Yokohama Specie Bank (1909) (34 Merchant St.). Honolulu, HI. Architect: Henry Livingston Kerr.Portal detail of Yokohama Specie Bank (1909). Honolulu, HI.
Entrance archway carving detail of Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.Carved garlands under eaves of Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.Carved garlands on facade of Yokohama Specie Bank. Honolulu, HI.Old Honolulu Police Station. Honolulu, HI.
Entrance archway carving detail of Yokohama Specie Bank (1909). Honolulu, HI.Carved garlands under eaves of Yokohama Specie Bank (1909). Honolulu, HI.Carved garlands on facade of Yokohama Specie Bank (1909). Honolulu, HI.Old Honolulu Police Station (1930) (842 Bethel St. at Merchant). Honolulu, HI. Style: Spanish Colonial Revival & Art Deco. Architect: Louis E. Davis. On National Register.
Spanish Colonial Revival portal of Old Honolulu Police Station. Honolulu, HI.T. R. Foster Building now O'Toole's Pub. Honolulu, HI.T.R. Foster Building facade with cast iron ornamentation. Honolulu, HI.Nu'uanu Ave. streetscape in Honolulu's Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Spanish Colonial Revival portal of Old Honolulu Police Station. Honolulu, HI.T. R. Foster Building (1891) (902 Nu'uanu Ave.) now O'Toole's Pub. Honolulu, HI.T.R. Foster Building facade with cast iron ornamentation. Honolulu, HI.Nu'uanu Ave. streetscape in Honolulu's Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Irwin Block. Honolulu, HI.1010-1040 Nu'uanu Ave. heritage streetscape in Honolulu's Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Heritage commercial building. Honolulu, HI.Window details of heritage commercial building. Honolulu, HI.
Irwin Block (1897) (aka Nippu Jiji Building) (928 Nu'uanu Ave.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Richardsonian Romanesque. Architect: Clinton Briggs Ripley & Charles William Dickey.1010-1040 Nu'uanu Ave. heritage streetscape in Honolulu's Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Heritage commercial building (1024 Nu'uanu Ave.). Honolulu, HI.Window details of heritage commercial building (1018 Nu'uanu Ave.). Honolulu, HI.
Chinese stone female lion with cub in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Chinese stone male lion with globe in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Sculpture of Pacific Green Sea Turtle by Paul Saviskas in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Chinatown streetscape of N. Hotel St. at Nu'uana Ave. with Perry Block. Honolulu, HI.
Chinese stone female lion with cub in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Chinese stone male lion with globe in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Sculpture of Pacific Green Sea Turtle (1999) by Paul Saviskas in Dr. Sun Yat-sen Memorial Park at entrance to Chinatown area of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Chinatown streetscape of N. Hotel St. at Nu'uana Ave. with Perry Block (1888). Honolulu, HI.
Perry Block in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.McLean Block in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Jos. P. Mendonca Block in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Siu Building in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Perry Block (1888) (Nu'uana Ave. at N. Hotel St.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.McLean Block (1903) (1121 Nu'uana Ave.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI. Architect: Oliver G. Traphagen.Jos. P. Mendonca Block (1901) (Smith St. at N. Hotel St.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI. Architect: Oliver G. Traphagen.Siu Building (1926) (Hotel St. at Maunakea) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Wo Fat Building in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Chinatown streetscape of North Hotel St. around Maunakea Marketplace. Honolulu, HI.Maunakea Marketplace incorporates front of former theater in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Island A'kule fish for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Wo Fat Building (1901) (103 N. Hotel St.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Chinatown streetscape of North Hotel St. around Maunakea Marketplace. Honolulu, HI.Maunakea Marketplace (158 N. Hotel St.) incorporates front of former theater in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Island A'kule fish for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Fish for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Sour-sap fruit for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Lychee fruit for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Fruit stand in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Fish for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Sour-sap fruit for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Lychee fruit for sale in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Fruit stand in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Kekaulike St. pedestrian mall in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.L. Ah Leong Block in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Heritage commercial buildings in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Oahu Market in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Kekaulike St. pedestrian mall in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.L. Ah Leong Block (1909) (King at Kekaulike Sts.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Heritage commercial buildings (188-106 N. King St.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.Oahu Market (King at Kekaulike Sts.) in Honolulu Chinatown. Honolulu, HI.
Coral block heritage building. Honolulu, HI.Heritage building with required water tank for fire fighting on roof. Honolulu, HI.Heritage building contrasts with 1132 Bishop St. Honolulu, HI.Our Lady of Peace Cathedral built of stucco covered coral blocks. Honolulu, HI.
Coral block heritage building (1902) (911 Alakea St.). Honolulu, HI.Heritage building with required water tank for fire fighting on roof (1902) (911 Alakea St.). Honolulu, HI.Heritage building (1859) contrasts with 1132 Bishop St. Honolulu, HI.Our Lady of Peace Cathedral (1843) (1184 Bishop St.) built of stucco covered coral blocks. Honolulu, HI. Style: Mediterranean Mission style. On National Register.
Our Lady of Peace Cathedral on Fort St. Mall. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Central Fire Department Building. Honolulu, HI.Metal doors with Octagon design of Honolulu Fire Department Building. Honolulu, HI.Hose tower of Honolulu Fire Department Building. Honolulu, HI.
Our Lady of Peace Cathedral on Fort St. Mall. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu Central Fire Department Building (1934) (104 S. Beretania St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Moderne & Art Deco. Architect: John Young & Charles Dickey. On National Register.Metal doors with Octagon design of Honolulu Fire Department Building. Honolulu, HI.Hose tower of Honolulu Fire Department Building. Honolulu, HI.
Stone heritage building on Fort Street Mall used by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI.Heritage buildings on Fort Street Mall, some occupied by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI.Hawaii Pacific University heritage buildings along Fort Street Mall. Honolulu, HI.Blaisdell Hotel now used by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI.
Stone heritage building on Fort Street Mall (1184 Fort St. Mall) used by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI.Heritage buildings on Fort Street Mall, some occupied by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI.Hawaii Pacific University heritage buildings along Fort Street Mall. Honolulu, HI.Blaisdell Hotel (1912) (1154 Fort St. Mall) now used by Hawaii Pacific University. Honolulu, HI. Architect: Walter L. Emory & Marshall H. Webb.
View of Fort Street Mall. Honolulu, HI.The Honolulu Brewing & Malting Co. building. Honolulu, HI.Honolulu branch of American Institute of Architects leads tour of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.
View of Fort Street Mall. Honolulu, HI.The Honolulu Brewing & Malting Co. building (1900) (553 South Queen St.). Honolulu, HI. Style: Romanesque Revival.Honolulu branch of American Institute of Architects (AIA) leads tour of Honolulu. Honolulu, HI.

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