Washington Place Honolulu
This historic mansion was built in 1847 for John Dominis, a wealthy American merchant. John Dominis's son John Ownes Dominis married Queen Liliuokalani the last monarch of Hawaii The mansion serves as the focal point for the transition of Hawaii from a monarchy to that of a U.S. territory and state. A coup d'état backed by American forces in 1893 ousted the Queen, who lived here with her husband John Owen. The former monarch continued to live here after John Owens' death. During the coup, she was confined here as a prisoner temporarily. She continued to live here after the coup until her death. The residence transitioned to the executive residence for the U.S. territorial (and state) governors until 2002. The mansion is now a National Historic Landmark and open for tours.
Backstory and Context
In the end, Washington Place serves as the focal point for the transition from Hawaii's monarchy to that of U.S. annexation, and eventual statehood. It started with a merchant -- one of many who visited the islands during the nineteenth century later included a mixed marriage between an American and Hawaiian, and then moved on to military, political and diplomatic story.
Washington Place: By CaesarGJ - Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4567556
Queen Liliuokalani & John Owens Dominis: Both pictures found at https://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/liliuokalani/hawaii/hawaii.html
Captain John Dominis: By original miniature credited to Virginia Dominis Koch - Hawaiian Journal of History, volume 10, Page 7 http://hdl.handle.net/10524/409, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8000569
Royal Guards: By Christian Hedemann - Price, Virginia (2009). "Washington Place: Harboring American Claims, Housing Hawaiian Culture". Buildings & Landscapes: Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum 16 (2): 49. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8015456