In 1993, MASON conducted a study to assess the historic church’s condition and found significant structural damage. The wood-framed plaster exterior had been extensively damaged by termites, the four-story bell tower was unsound, and many of the stained glass windows had been damaged. Over the next ten years, parishioners raised $2.4 million for the restoration. Returning to spearhead the restoration project, MASON oversaw the complete interior and exterior repairs that were essential to supporting the Church and its efforts to reach the broader Hawaiian community.
One of the biggest hurdles to restoration was the lack of documentation. Because the original plans for the church had been lost, we relied on limited physical evidence and oral histories of longtime parishioners to recreate color schemes and interior details. A traditional three-coat plaster system replicated the heavy aggregate appearance of the original exterior walls. The interior of the sanctuary was repaired and repainted; new electrical wiring, lighting and carpeting were installed; state-of-the-art audio/visual systems were introduced; and new curved pews were engineered to replace those recycled from another church. The bell tower, piano pit, stairway, choir loft, and other structural features were also repaired and strengthened. The adjacent hall was restored to its original function as a two-tiered classroom area, built in accordance with the 19th century Akron Plan.
The overarching wooden trusses are an important element of the Gothic Revival style.
Historic Hawaii Foundation
Historic Preservation Honor Award, 2004
American Institute of Architects, Honolulu Chapter
Award of Merit, 2004