Here are 25 modern buildings CNN lists as the greatest. Another grouping of 25 to inspire you, going way back in history. The Haggia Sophia in Istanbul ranks at the top in most of these compilations. No great surprise, but Hawaii completely missed the cut. Thus, the purpose of my blog today.
I've long felt that the Pimple Building on Queen Emma Street, and officially called the Queen Emma Building, was the ugliest in Hawaii. This ugly edifice appeared in my $1 JOYRIDE AROUND OAHU.
Designed in the 1960's by Jo Paul Rognstad to symbolize brute strength for the York Barbell Company and weight-lifting personality Dr. Richard You, the structure has led a checkered life.
Queen Emma was the wife of A. Liholiho, who in 1855 became Kamehameha IV. She helped establish a public hospital to help Native Hawaiians, now called Queen's Medical Center. With the King, she founded St. Andrew's Cathedral (located across the street from that Pimpled erection), starting Saint Andrew's Priory School for Girls and Saint Alban, which later became Iolani School.
We were interested in wind power using buildings to channel the trades into a giant vertical wind energy conversion system. The power of the device increases with the cube of the velocity, so amplification made sense. This was more than a quarter century before the Bahrain World Trade Center (below) was built with three turbines. Hawaii had the chance to be the first, but there is something about this state that fears doing anything extraordinary.
Flop #3 was partially covered last week in HOW TO BUY A $120 ALOHA SHIRT. Here was an opportunity the School of Architecture at the University of Hawaii had two decades ago to design that quintessential blend of East, West and the Ocean for their new showcase building...and failed. Again, Elmer Botsai, who was then their dean, was a good friend of mine, with a strong personality. Why he acquiesced to settle for a typical block building baffles me. They could have set the tone for our future with a spectacular masterpiece symbolizing Hawaii at the Hub of the Pacific. They instead put up what looked similar to Hawaii Hall located across the outer mall of the Manoa Campus:
So, anyway, at the end of my bus ride after buying my aloha shirt in Waikiki, I walked by the Royal Mausoleum, for I remembered mentioning in my WAIKIKI REFLECTIONS that Princess Kaiulani was interred close by where I lived: