Kamehameha V Post Office

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Kamehameha V Post Office
Kamehameha V Post Office is located in Hawaii
Kamehameha V Post Office
Nearest city Honolulu, Hawaii
Coordinates 21°18′35″N 157°51′47″W / 21.30972°N 157.86306°W / 21.30972; -157.86306Coordinates: 21°18′35″N 157°51′47″W / 21.30972°N 157.86306°W / 21.30972; -157.86306
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1871
Architect J.G. Osborne
Architectural style Neoclassical
NRHP reference # 72000416[1]
Added to NRHP May 5, 1972

Kamehameha V Post Office at the corner of Merchant and Bethel Streets in Honolulu, Hawaii was the first building in the Hawaiian Islands to be constructed entirely of precast concrete blocks reinforced with iron bars. It was built by J.G. Osborne in 1871 and the success of this new method was replicated on a much grander scale the next year in the royal palace, Aliʻiōlani Hale. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 5 May 1972. It was named for King Kamehameha V who built a number of other public buildings during his reign.[2]

The building served as a post office until it was converted into a district court office in 1922. In 1976 it was restored by the architects Anderson & Reinhardt as an example of the European Neoclassical architecture and new methods of construction during the Hawaiian Monarchy.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Dorothy Riconda (November 10, 1971). "Kamehameha V Post Office nomination form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  3. ^ Honolulu Chapter, American Institute of Architects, Exploring Downtown: A Walking Tour, April 2009.

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