DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
LAURA H. THIELEN, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Vladimir Ossipoff's Architecture For Hawai'i
HONOLULU -- The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) announces the availability of its 2008 Historic Sites calendar, “Vladimir Ossipoff’s Architecture for Hawai‘i,” which features the distinctive style of one of Hawai‘i’s best-known architects.
Born in Russia, raised in Japan as a child, Ossipoff was educated in California and began his career there as an architect. He moved to Hawai‘i in 1931 and soon opened his own business, designing residences in the Hawaiian regional style that was pervasive during the 1920s and 1930s.
In the postwar years, Ossipoff began to take a decided interest in modernism. Through the 1950s he continued to develop a signature style that blended modernism with influences from his early life in Japan, and his colleague C.W. Dickey’s consideration of the Islands’ climate and culture. He designed more than 1,000 buildings during his prolific career.
Ossipoff’s unique style, which creates a seamless flow between outdoors and indoors, have earned his residential and public buildings critical acclaim. They celebrate Hawai‘i’s climate and natural beauty, the use of “borrowed” scenery to expand a space, and the use of natural ventilation and materials.
Among the public buildings featured in the calendar are the Pacific Club, the Outrigger Canoe Club, Bachman Hall at the University of Hawai‘i-Mānoa, and Thurston Memorial Chapel at Punahou School.
“These buildings which represent a now classic Hawaiian modern style, are coming of age in terms of their eligibility for historic register status. They have become part of our historic heritage and will continue to influence island design in the future,” said Laura H. Thielen, DLNR chairperson.
The calendar also features boating safety tips, tide chart and phases of the moon.
Calendars are now available for purchase from the Hawai‘i Heritage Center at (808) 521-2749 or drop by the gallery located at 1040 Smith Street in Chinatown, between King and Hotel Streets. The Center is open between 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Mondays to Saturdays and closed on all State holidays.
Calendars are $10 each for the first ten purchased. From the 11th calendar purchased, the price is $5 per calendar. There is an additional cost for shipping. Proceeds from calendar sales go to support current or future calendar costs.
The calendar is a project of the DLNR and the Hawai‘i Heritage Center, with funding support provided by the Alexander and Baldwin Foundation, Belt Collins, Chris Hart & Partners, Inc., Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation, Fung Associates, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawai‘i Heritage Center, Kuiwalu, Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Peter Vincent & Associates, LLC, Scientific Consultant Services, Inc., Spencer Architects and Takitani and Agaran.
Photography is by Debra DiCandilo, design and production by Viki Nasu Design Group and printing by Edward Enterprises, Inc.
Astronomical information was provided by Bishop Museum Planetarium, and tide predictions by Larry E. Brower, P.E. and EKNA Services Inc.
Any person who requires this calendar in alternative formats may contact DLNR at 587-1972.
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