Army Officers’ Quarters Renovated At Palm Circle

The stately two-story wood-framed houses surrounding Palm Circle parade ground on Fort Shafter were constructed as officers’ quarters in 1907, 1909, and 1924 and are now listed on the National Register. The U.S. Army Garrison Hawai‘i contracted with Mason Architects to survey fifteen of the houses to identify the remaining historic elements to be preserved, record their character-defining features, and document the intrusive later additions that should be removed. Using the guidelines developed in this survey, MAI monitored the renovation of the houses.

The houses comprise one of the oldest intact groups of military buildings in Hawai‘i.

Except for minor changes, such as modernizations of kitchens and bathrooms and layers of carpet or tile over the original wood floors, the houses are relatively unaltered.

The Army Design Branch integrated the MAI historical architect into the planning and construction phases of the renovation of the kitchens, pantries, and bathrooms in each of the fifteen houses to make them better conform to the original architectural design.

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Award: Historic Preservation Honor Award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, 2004-2005.

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Quarters 14, rear view.