Along the Route of the Proposed Rapid Transit

Under contract to Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mason Architects has participated in two studies to identify and evaluate historic resources along the proposed alignment segments of the rapid transit system.

In 2006 we prepared a Technical Report that supported the Alternatives Analysis phase of the project,

  • We evaluated approximately 1000 properties along the various alignments for potential National Register eligibility.
  • This report included all structures that would be 50 years or older by the estimated project completion date of 2015.
  • In initial field studies we evaluated and photographed primarily those properties that had distinctive features of a type, period, or method of construction.
  • Further evaluation of NR eligibility was to be done in a later phase.

In 2008 we started work on the second Technical Report to support the Draft Environmental Impact stage of the project.

  • We focused on buildings date 1968 and older in the core alignment from East Kapolei to Ala Moana Center, but also including extensions to West Kapolei, Waikiki, and the University.
  • More research was done for this second report; the survey included evaluations of individual buildings as well as groups of buildings of similar age or type that could qualify as historic districts within the Area of Potential Effect (APE).
  • For each property evaluated as NR-eligible, we created a form describing its architecture and assessing its integrity and historical significance.
  • We also created simpler forms for properties considered ineligible.
  • A total of 1072 inventory and evaluation forms were prepared.

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This 1925 single-wall Craftsman-style house on Dillingham Boulevard is associated with the residential development of the Kalihi Kai neighborhood.