Mansion of last Hawaiian queen made national historic landmark

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U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne today announced the designation of Washington Place in Honolulu as a national historic landmark.

The former home of Queen Lili'oukalani — the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian kingdom — is among one dozen new national historic landmarks recognized for their importance in interpreting the heritage and history of the United States.

The others established today are in Massachusetts, Ohio, California, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Utah, South Carolina, Missouri and Illinois...

Washington Place is nationally significant for its close association with the life of Queen Lili'oukalani. It was her home from the time of her marriage in 1862 to John Owen Dominis, son of the original builder, to her death in 1917. Her constitutional monarchy was overthrown in an 1893 coup d'etat, and, in 1898, Hawaii was annexed to the United States. Two years later, it formally became a territory.

Built in 1844-1847, Washington Place also is significant for its service as the executive mansion for the territorial governors from 1918 to 1959, and, after Hawaii became the 50th state, the state governor's mansion, from 1959 to 2002.

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