Honolulu Museum of Art opts to sell Spalding House

By Hawaii.com Team

Spalding House, Maikiki Heights, Honolulu, Oahu. Photo: Napua Heen / Hawaii.com.

The Honolulu Museum of Art decided in July of 2019 to sell the historic Spalding House in Makiki Heights.

Since 2011, the Spalding House had served as a second location to the museum’s main campus at 900 S. Beretania Street.

Once known as The Contemporary Museum of Art, the Spalding House featured a permanent installation of David Hockney’s L’Enfant et les sortileges.

Built in 1925 as a residential property, the 5,000-square-foot Spalding House sits on 3.5 acres of sprawling green grass with breathtaking gardens facing Diamond Head views.

The Honolulu Museum of Art closed the Spalding House permanently on December 16, 2019 after announcing earlier that year that the house would be put up for sale. The museum says the change will allow it to keep the focus and resources on programs and exhibits at its South Beretania Street location.

“This is a very difficult decision that comes with a lot of mixed emotion,” said trustee and interim museum Director Mark Burak in a news release issued in July 2019. “While the Spalding House property’s beauty and historic significance make it hard to part with, it has also been challenging splitting our attention between two large, resource-intensive art campuses, one limited by several factors that have made it difficult to deliver the kind of quality art exhibitions, programs and services we have desired.”

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