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Honolulu’s City Hall, designed by the locally prominent architect C. W. Dickey and completed in 1929, is a highly personal interpretation of the Spanish Revival by an architect who sought to create a native Hawaiian style.  While the building retains the Spanish Revival’s characteristic massing and palette of materials, its crisp, cubical masses no longer attempt any kind of historical accuracy, and instead seem strangely prescient of later Art Deco design.  The highly original tower demonstrates the unusual liberties Dickey took with the style: the curious miradors on each face, split in two by a central fin that extends up through the roofline, seem to reflect the greater design latitude of the Art Deco idiom.