Large format brad-bound blueprint book depicting the Hotel at Waikiki Beach, c. 1925 (this later the Royal Hawaiian). Approximately 37 1/2 x 50 inches (95.3 x 127 cm); 32 sheets bound. Worn particularly at fore-edge and final leaf, with long tears and losses, sold as-is with all faults.
Blueprints prepared by Warren & Wetmore for the construction of a grand hotel on Waikiki Beach. Warren & Wetmore were a premiere architecture firm, best known for their design of Grand Central Terminal, as well as large hotels. Now known as the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, it was only the second hotel to be constructed in Waikiki, and its luxurious amenities have welcomed countless celebrities and world dignitaries over the past century. The Royal Hawaiian has featured in nearly every facet of popular culture, with appearances in films (from Charlie Chan's 1931 film The Black Camel to 2002's Punch Drunk Love and 2014's Big Eyes); in television (including Hawaii Five-O, Murder, She Wrote, and Mad Men's season 6 premiere); and in music (referenced as the "pink hotel" in Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi"). Joan Didion wrote one of her most evocative sentences at the hotel: "We are here in this island in the middle of the Pacific in lieu of filing for divorce" (from her essay, "In the Islands"). The Royal Hawaiian remains a mainstay in popular culture, and is consistently listed among the best hotels in the world.
Sold for $1,063
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