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April 28, 2018 | Preservation Projects

A Repair Made Possible Thanks to a Generous Donation

Thanks to a generous donation from John Ike and his New York architecture firm, Ike Kligerman Barkley, we have made a very important repair at Liljestrand House. The steel brackets of the bench and rail system on the main deck have been replaced. These had corroded so severely that we would not allow people to sit on the bench. With the help of a skilled craftsman, the original drawings, and the Ike donation, all brackets have been fabricated of stainless steel and replaced. Commenting on photos, John said, “It looks amazing!!! Just like it used to.” Thank you again to John and his firm.

The images below show the concept sketch of the bench and rail system, the architectural drawing, and the deck before and after.

Additional Repairs

We have made additional repairs and improvements. A railing has been erected on the deck near the kitchen. It mimics the railing on the main deck but is partially hidden in the plant border. The frames of the copper screens below the Diamond Head windows in the living room have been repaired. Over the years the screens had taken on a beautiful green patina and the repairs were done carefully to preserve the original screens. The kitchen door that had suffered from sixty-plus years of use has been replaced and the interior doors between the entry area and the bedroom corridor that had been ripped from their hinges in a wind storm have been repaired.

The tour of this amazing home is the highlight of my visits to Hawai‘i. And I’ve been here twenty-three times.”

— Beth Chuck

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The Liljestrand House is listed on the Hawai‘i State and the United States National Register of Historic Places.

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