Rendering of the proposed rennovations

December 21, 2012

Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace

Built between 1840-43, Honolulu’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace was the first Roman Catholic Church built in the Hawaiian Islands. On land gifted from King Kamehameha III, the building is made of coral stone blocks harvested from Kaka’ako, Ala Moana and Waikiki. The current cathedral serves more than 2,500 weekly patrons and is located at the northeast end of Fort Street Mall.

Featured in the December 21, 2012 edition of Pacific Business News, MAI partner, Barbara Shideler, AIA and Fr. John Berger discuss the historic restorations to the nearly 170-year-old cathedral as well a second chapel – a modern design to be distinct from the original building.


Elevations and a current photo of the Bell Tower

November 1, 2012

Malesso Bell Tower

Mason Architects has prepared a Historic Structures Report for the Malesso Bell Tower, built in 1910 across the street from the Malesso Combento and San Dimas Church in Merizo, Guam. The work included measuring and drawing this somewhat irregular structure with a design that has not remained constant during its life span.

Built of coral stone, and originally plastered with a locally made lime plaster, it is topped with a wood cupola that houses a cast iron bell. The cupola was reconstructed in 1984, but its adjacency to the ocean (about 30 feet from the water’s edge) requires that it be repaired once again. Mason Architects is providing preservation services for this project under a contract with Setiadi Architects of Guam.


The Utah Memorial overlooking the ruins of the USS Utah

October 1, 2012

MAI Assists Eagle Scout Applicant in Refurbishing the Utah Memorial

The Utah Memorial, part of the Valor in the Pacific National Monument, is being refurbished during the month of October in a volunteer effort lead by scout Zane Grzeszczak, in part to fulfill his requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout. Grzeszczak has worked closely with Walsh Construction, contractors on the nearby National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration project on Ford Island. Walsh Construction will be donating labor and materials to accomplish the work. Mason Architects contributed the preparation of the drawings needed for the refurbishment and coordinated with the National Park Service, which is responsible for the Memorial.

The Utah Memorial overlooks the ruins of the USS Utah, a battleship that was sunk during the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor.


Melanie B. Y. Wong and Ming-Yi Wong

August 15, 2012

MAI Welcomes Back Two Staff Members

Ming-Yi Wong and Melanie B. Y. Wong, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA each return to MAI afer pursuing post-graduate degrees. They will be be serving in the capacity of architectural interns and participating in the NCARB's Intern Development Program as they work towards licensure in the State of Hawaii.

Visit Our Team page for more information on our new staff members.


Historic Hawai'i Preservations Award Reception. (Photo by Historic Hawai'i Foundation)

May 14, 2012

Historic Hawai'i Foundation Honors 12 MAI Projects

At its 37th Annual Preservation Honor Awards on May 11 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center’s Pīkake Room, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation presented MAI with 12 preservation awards.

These awards are “Hawaii’s highest recognition of projects that perpetuate, rehabilitate, restore or interpret the state’s architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage.”

MAI received seven Historic Preservation Honor Awards:

  • Restoration of Lunalilo Tomb
  • Rehabilitation of 15 and 25 N. Hotel Street, Chinatown
  • Rehabilitation of Hilo Federal Building & Post Office
  • Restoration of Kauai County Building
  • Interior restoration of Paschoal Hall at Kalaupapa
  • Rehabilitation of Hickam Non-select Historic Homes
  • Stabilization and restoration of the Ford Island Control Tower
  • In conjunction with NAVFAC Hawaii MAI was honored with four Preservation Commendations:

  • Documenting Damage at Building 1102, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam
  • Historic Assets Management Process Project, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam
  • Wooden Structures Repair Manual & Training, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam
  • Wake island Historic American Landscapes Survey
  • MAI was also included in the honor of a Preservation Media Award recognizing the installation of St. Augustine by the Sea’s Damien/Marianne Heritage Center Exhibits.

    Visit Historic Hawaii Foundation’s website for a complete list of awardees and the event slideshow.


    MAI presenting in Spring of 2012

    February 21, 2012

    MAI architects to present on preserving and maintaining older homes

    Four Mason Architects Inc. staff architects will collaborate with other members of the local building industry and the Historic Hawaii Foundation to present a series of six 90-minute seminars focusing on the maintenance, preservation and protection of older homes.

    Joy Davidson, AIA; Katherine Stephens, AIA; Barbara Shideler, AIA and Glenn Mason, AIA will be discussing topics including repair and restoration to windows, finishes, metalwork and hardware.

    Workshops will be held on Wednesdays throughout March, April and May at the Dower School of Real Estate in Kaimuki and will be geared towards assisting homeowners in gaining practical knowledge for the care of their houses.

    For full details and registration information visit the Historic Hawaii Foundation's website.