YWCA Building (Honolulu, Hawaii)

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YWCA Building
Front elevation, Richards St.
YWCA Building (Honolulu, Hawaii) is located in Hawaii
YWCA Building (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Location 1040 Richards St., Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Coordinates 21°18′38″N 157°51′39″W / 21.31056°N 157.86083°W / 21.31056; -157.86083Coordinates: 21°18′38″N 157°51′39″W / 21.31056°N 157.86083°W / 21.31056; -157.86083
Built 1927
Architect Julia Morgan
Architectural style Beaux-Arts Mediterranean Revival
Part of Hawaii Capital Historic District
NRHP Reference # 78001020
Added to NRHP 1 December 1978[1]

The YWCA Building at 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, popularly called the Richards Street Y, is now officially named Laniākea, which means 'open skies' or 'wide horizons' in the Hawaiian language.[2] It was designed by San Francisco architect Julia Morgan, who considered it one of her favorites. It opened in 1927 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 as a contributing property within the Hawaii Capital Historic District.[3]

Julia Morgan, the first female graduate of the École des Beaux Arts in Paris, was also overseeing the restoration of Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, at the time. She combined modern structural concrete engineering with traditional Mediterranean design elements—arches, loggias, balconies, and decorative grille work—to create a unique building well adapted to the Hawaiian climate and evolving Hawaiian regional style.[4]



  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "YWCA: Laniākea". Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  3. ^ "National and State Register of Historic Places" (PDF). State Historic Preservation Division. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  4. ^ Sandler, Mehta, and Haines 2008, p. 55
  • Sandler, Rob, Julie Mehta, and Frank S. Haines (2008). Architecture in Hawai‘i: A Chronological Survey, new edition. Honolulu: Mutual Publishing. ISBN 978-1-56647-873-1

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