A Tour of Hawaii’s Gothic Architectural Landmarks

Photo of Wailana Kalama
1 December 2017

Gothic Architecture was an experiment in Hawaii largely in the late half of the 19th century. Properly known as Gothic Revival, the style was popularized by official government and religious buildings, mostly on O’ahu.

‘Iolani Barracks

Building, Historical Landmark
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Completed in 1871, ‘Iolani Barracks was previously located just behind the Hawaii State Capitol building. Designed by architect Theodore Heuck as a tribute to medieval castles, the building is made up of crenellated parapets, towers, and is constructed of 4,000 coral blocks. It housed 80 members of the Royal Guard until the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893. In 1965, the structure was moved and now serves as a visitors center, gift shop, and ticket office for ‘Iolani Palace.

Moana Surfrider

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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Courtesy of Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort and Spa, Waikiki Beach / Expedia
Opened in 1901 as the first hotel in Waikiki, The Moana Hotel, as it was originally called, has hosted prominent celebrities, including King Edward VIII, Agatha Christie, and Duke Kahanamoku. The hotel is strikingly recognizable thanks to its Ionic columns, intricate woodwork, ornate plaster, high ceilings, and cross-ventilation windows. It is notable as the site for the first electric-powered elevator on the islands, which is still in use today.
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