A renewed Kaua‘i County Building

The Kauai County Building was the first County Building to be constructed after county governments were established in 1905, and the Kauai County Council has met in its Chambers ever since. Mason Architects’ scope of work was to improve the functional use of the 14,222-square-foot Neo-Classical building while preserving its historic character. In addition to structural work, later additions to the building, such as window air conditioning units, temporary partitions, and dropped ceilings, were removed. The Council Chambers have been fully restored, support staff spaces were improved and Council Members’ offices were relocated to make them more accessible to the public.

Restoration work included:

  • Removal of hazardous materials and reinforcement of the structure
  • Replacement or updating all electrical and mechanical systems, include a energy-efficient lighting and state-of-the-art audio-visual system
  • Restoration of exterior and interior finishes including historic paint colors
  • Installation of a new roof
  • Restoration of a pyramidal sky-lit atrium and period lighting and hardware
  • Jalousies were replaced with historically-correct casement windows designed to resist hurricane strength winds

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Award: Historic Hawaii Foundation Historic Preservation Honor Award 2012. GCA Build Hawaii Excellence Award 2012.

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Photography: County of Kaua‘i Council Services, MAI, and Kaua‘i Historical Society

The Kauai County Building was designed in 1910-11 by the architectural firm of Emory and Webb, who later designed such landmarks as the Hawai‘i Theatre (1922), the Army-Navy YMCA (1928), and the Advertiser Building (1930).