A Hawaiian Cultural Touchstone
Washington Place, a Greek revival palace built in 1847, was Queen Liliuokalani’s home for 55 years. It’s now a National Historic Landmark and has been the official residence of Hawaii’s Governor since 1922. We helped the Washington Place Foundation and State of Hawaii increase their understanding of the historic landscape—mainly what remains from its historic periods—and how their plans could be realized on the grounds. This site symbolizes a sensitive juncture in Hawaii's history and serves as a cultural touchstone for its native people. Our recommendations were rooted in the site's historic character so that its stewards can sensitively and effectively respond to the contemporary needs of the site.