Windows to Our Future

In 2008 the Cathedral of Saint Andrew began a Capital Campaign, entitled “Windows to Our Future.” The mission of the Capital Campaign is to restore, revitalize and maintain our historic Davies Hall Memorial Building and to provide increased opportunities for mission and ministry. Dedicated in 1909 to the memory of Theophilus Harris Davies, this Hall has served the community of Honolulu and members of the Diocese of Hawaiʻi for over 100 years. Today, Davies Hall provides a meeting place for many groups in the community, and its kitchen supplies food not only for Cathedral events, but also for organizations that help feed the homeless of Honolulu. The overall budget for the project is $2.6M, of which over half has been raised to date.

The new Bride’s Solarium marks completion of Phase Ia of the Davies Hall Renovation

Mason Architects is in charge of design. They are experts at restoring historic buildings, with a portfolio that includes ʻIolani Palace, Huliheʻe Palace, Washington Place, and the Hawaiian Hall at the Bishop Museum. Our general contractor is Constructors Hawaiʻi Inc. Construction began in March, 2012! The first phase was completed in June, 2012. This includes a new kitchen, toilet facilities, and a beautiful solarium.

The new kitchen is a fully equipped commercial kitchen, with two large convection ovens, eight gas burners and a griddle, and large freezer and refrigerator. The solarium has beautiful green glass diamond-pane windows, matching the original building design. In addition, we have added new Men’s and Ladies’ restrooms, with handicapped-accessible facilities. Outside, the cloister walkway and ramp to the Davies Hall entrance has been regraded to be fully compliant with accessibility codes.

The next phase will include restoring the historic portico on the Beretania entrance to Davies’ Hall, repairs to the cloister between Davies’ Hall and the Cathedral, and waterproofing around a basement, to produce a secure, dry storage facility. The restoration of the portico is being facilitated by a generous donation from the Davies family. It will include restoration of the two windows on either side of the entrance, which will have green glass diamond pane windows as shown in historic photos and drawings. The existing windows have been temporarily removed to use as templates for the new ones. Construction is scheduled for completion the fall of 2012. We estimate that the final phase involving Davies Hall itself will take an additional few months, and will include extensive interior renovations to improve both the appearance and usability of the space.

Major donors include Atherton Foundation, Alexander & Baldwin Foundation, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, Bank of Hawai‘i Foundation, Orvis Foundation, Cooke Foundation, Davies Family, Holt-Bostock Family, and the State of Hawai‘i, plus scores of individual donors.

For further information, see our brochure