Many of you know that today’s Bishop Hall replaced the Bishop Hall that Punahou74 knew for its 7th and 8th grade years. But Bishop Hall is not the only building that bears the name of a previous campus building.
With four buildings to his name, O.P. Traphagen was a favorite campus architect. Three of these edifices would be visible in this scavenger hunt picture had it been taken in 1907. The President’s House would be noted at the top. Dole Hall (1907-1952) and Rice Hall (1907-1956) would be noted where the Winne Units are pictured today. And, yes, having been built in 1907, the mystery building would be there too. 1907 was a busy, if not a profitable, year for Mr. Traphagen.
But the mystery building burned in 1911. Interestingly, a similar fate befell the President’s House which burned and was rebuilt in 1907. Is it no wonder that concrete began to overtake wood as the camps building material of choice?
The mystery structure was rebuilt in 1913. The new architect was the firm of Emory & Webb, the same firm that built the Cooke Art Gallery. Until 1961 the building was affectionately known as “The Hash House” and served as home to the generations of boarding girls from throughout Hawaii and the world.
Today, the building is one of the Punahou’s many classroom buildings. Do you know its name? Better yet, do you know for whom it was named?
Mary Tenney Castle was born October 26, 1819 in Plainfield, New York. She was the second wife of Samuel Northrup Castle, a member of the eighth company of Hawaii missionaries in 1836. They were wed on October 13, 1842 in West Exeter, New York.
Mary was the sister of Mr. Castle’s first wife, Angeline Loraine Tenney who had died on March 5, 1841.
Mrs. Castle arrived in Honolulu on March 17, 1845. She and her husband had eight children: Harriet Angeline (1847), William Richards (1849), George Parmelee (1851), Albert Tyler (1853), James Bicknell (1855), Caroline Dickenson (1858), Helen Kingsbury (1860) and Henry Northrup (1862).
Following his release from the mission in 1851, Samuel Castle entered the mercantile business with Amos Cooke under the name of Castle and Cooke.
After her husband’s death in 1894, Mary Tenney Castle established the Samuel N. Castle Memorial Trust to provide for the citizens of the independent Hawaiian Republic. Committing a substantial share of the family’s assets to perpetual charity, the Trust funded kindergartens, social welfare, building projects, international relief, and programs related to the Americanization of Hawai‘i’s multicultural population. In 1925, the Trust was reorganized in corporate form as the Samuel N. and Mary Castle Foundation, with holdings estimated in excess of $1,000,000.
Mrs. Castle died in Honolulu on March 13, 1907.