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Historic Preservation

At Shangri La, a 4.9-acre terraced site on O‘ahu’s southern shore, beautifully landscaped grounds are integrated with three main structures: the main building, the Playhouse, and the cottage.

About Historic Preservation

About Historic Preservation

Preservation refers to the application of protective measures that are designed to sustain the existing form and character of a structure.

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Jali Pavilion

Jali Pavilion

While visiting India on their honeymoon, Doris Duke and her husband James Cromwell commissioned a set of marble jali screens for the bedroom of the house they ultimately decided to build in Hawai’i.

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Playhouse

Playhouse

Since its construction in 1938, the Playhouse has been exposed to wind, salt, sun and moisture, resulting in structural and cosmetic damage that threatens the integrity of the building and detracts from its beauty.

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Living Room pocket doors

Living Room pocket doors

Although glazed pocket doors protect the living room's teak wood jaliscreens from major exposure to salt spray, regular maintenance is still required to keep the doors and screens functional.

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Architraves

Architraves

At Shangri La, painted cast-stone architraves ornament the four exterior living room windows facing the ocean.

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Dining Room

Dining Room

The dining room at Shangri La is located on the eastern axis of the property, just yards from the Pacific Ocean. Two façades of the room (west and south) are made entirely of glass, providing exquisite views of the ocean and Diamond Head.

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