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Air Date: April 1, 1998
History of College Hill
"College Hill" didn't get its name because the UH president lives there.
The Manoa residence was built five years before the University was founded. Oahu College-as Punahou School used to be called-was located nearby, however. Thus the Manoa Valley section where Frank and Eleanor Atherton built their country home was called "College Hill Tract."
The Atherton's children donated College Hill to the University of Hawaii in 1963 to serve as a home for the University president.
The two-story house blends Victorian and Hawaiian styles. It was renovated, and the adjacent building, once the carriage house was turned into a guest house. Artistic and cultural gifts are displayed throughout, along with an elegant grandfather clock bearing the carved name of clockmaker and Atherton son-in-law Chancey Wightman.
Kenneth P. Mortimer is the fifth University of Hawaii president to call College Hill home.
This is the University Report, I'm Tracy Orillo Donovan.