Alexander Young Building

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Alexander Young Building
Alexander Young Building is located in Hawaii
Alexander Young Building
Location Bishop and Hotel Streets, Honolulu, Hawaii
Coordinates 21°18′33″N 157°51′37″W / 21.30917°N 157.86028°W / 21.30917; -157.86028Coordinates: 21°18′33″N 157°51′37″W / 21.30917°N 157.86028°W / 21.30917; -157.86028
Area 1.13 acres (0.46 ha)
Built 1900
Architect George Percy
Architectural style Late 19th, 20th Century and Second Renaissance Revival
NRHP Reference # 80001284[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 5, 1980
Removed from NRHP October 14, 2009

The Alexander Young Building was a building in Honolulu, Hawaii built during 1900-1903 by Alexander Young (1833–1910), a Honolulu mechanical engineer and businessman from Scotland.

Building[edit]

The Young building was designed by California architect George W. Percy; it was his last major project before he died on December 14, 1900. It cost US$2 million to build, and opened as a 192-room hotel in 1903.[2] Based on this hotel, on his later ownership of the Moana Hotel and the original Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Alexander Young "became known as the father of the hotel industry in Hawaii."[3]

During 1917 the United States Army used the second floor while Fort Shafter was completed. The original Royal Hawaiian Hotel was purchased by the Army in 1917. The interwar years saw the hotel's Roof Garden become one of Honolulu's most fashionable social venues. During World War II the military occupied most of the hotel. The building was converted to offices in 1964.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places August 5, 1980. The building was demolished, however, in 1981.[3] The site was removed from the National Register in October 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Don Hibbard and Nathan Napoka (June 1, 1979). "Alexander Young Building nomination form". National Register of Historic Places. U.S. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
  3. ^ a b Linda Arakawa (July 2, 2006). "Alexander Young". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2010-03-07.