2.  Palm Circle

Designated as a National Historic Landmark in May 1987, the Palm Circle District has a unique charm with its beautiful landscaping, ample lawns, and large growth of trees. The Army began construction at Fort Shafter in 1905. Planners designed the post with a “common area,” much like Boston Common or those found in early American cities. It is a very American design. While there was a delay in building in 1906 due to the San Francisco Earthquake and diversion of building supplies, engineers completed the construction on Palm Circle on 15 April 1907. On 24 June 1907, the first unit—the 2nd Battalion of the 20th Infantry—marched onto the parade field here. Between 1909 and 1911, some 200 Royal Palms from Cuba were planted around Palm Circle. During World War I, the Second Infantry Regiment used the parade field as a tent city for enlisted housing.

Photo: Aerial View Of Palm Circle, September 9, 1920 / Click For Larger Image
Palm Circle – 9 September 1920
(Army Museum of Hawaii photo)

Photo: Modern Aerial View Of Palm Circle / Click For Larger Image
Modern view of Palm Circle

Builders constructed the quarters you see on Palm Circle between 1905 and 1909, using an American-Edwardian architectural design. Architects used Quartermaster plans from the mainland, but modified designs to suit the unique climate of Hawaii. The wood roof structures are hipped to remove rain, while the spacious verandas originally. The horizontal wood siding on the exterior of the homes are of redwood—durable, hard, and resistant to termites, while the interior floors, doors, and window frames are made of Douglas fir.

The structures on the opposite side of Palm Circle were built during the same period and originally served as barracks. They now serve as administrative offices.

Photo Officer's Residences / Click For Larger Image

On Palm Circle - Officer's Residences (1913)
(Army Museum of Hawaii photo)

Photo: Officer's Residences On Palm Circle (2006) / Click For Larger Image
On Palm Circle, Officer's Residences (2006)

Photo: Palm Circle, circa 1933 / Click For Larger Image
Palm Circle, circa 1933

Photo: Palm Circle, 2011 / Click For Larger Image
Palm Circle, 2011


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