St. Andrew's Cathedral was Built to Last

In 1856, King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma invited the Anglican Church to Hawai‘i, donated the land, and helped raise funds for the construction of the Cathedral. Other buildings were added until 1957. The high quality of their construction has kept them in relatively good condition over the years, as Mason Architects discovered in conducting an Existing Conditions Analysis, followed by a Concept Proposal and Maintenance Plan and repairs on the Gothic–style buildings.

The Davies Memorial Building was added in 1906, the Memorial Building, including Parke Chapel and Tenney Theater, were added in 1932, and the Cathedral itself, completed in 1886, gained a series of additions, the last in 1957.

Water infiltration from damaged roof membranes, rising damp, cracked or spalled plaster, mildew, efflorescence, warped window panes, and the need for general repairs and refinishing of surfaces prompted the Building and Grounds Committee in 2004 to commission Mason Architects to:

  • Prepare an Existing Conditions Analysis. We recommended site improvements and building repairs, identifying character-defining features to preserve.
  • Devise a Concept Proposal and Cost Estimate that considers the functional needs of the Church and targets construction projects that will increase the usefulness of the buildings;
  • Develop a Maintenance Plan that outlines the specific tasks required to clean and maintain buildings that were often built using methods and materials no longer employed.
To date Mason Architects has repaired the Cathedral ceiling and repaired the roof and replaced air conditioning on the Memorial Building.

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The front of the Cathedral, as seen from Beretania Street.