La Ronde (restaurant)

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La Ronde (atop the Ala Moana Office Building)
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La Ronde (atop in center of image)

La Ronde was a famous restaurant [1] in Honolulu [2] Hawaii. Built in 1961 [3] [4] and designed by John Graham [5] it was the first revolving restaurant in the United States [6] (preceding the "Eye of the Needle" restaurant in Seattle) and the third [7] [8] of its kind (after [9] [10] the Florian Tower and the Cairo Tower) in the world. The restaurant is now closed.

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The Building

The restaurant is situated at 1441 [2] Kapi'olani Boulevard [5] in the Ala Moana district at the 23. floor [6] [1] of the Ala Moana Building [3] adjacent to the shopping mall Ala Moana Complex.

The restaurant's revolving part has a diameter of about 16 feet (5 meters) [5] with a seating capacity for 162 guests, the office building has a total height of 25 floors and 298 feet (91 meters) [2] including an observation deck at the top. [5] The rotational speed was 1 rotation [4] per hour.

History

The building was designed by John Graham Jr. [3] of the architectural firm John Graham & Company. The building was completed in 1960 [3] and inaugurated 21 November [6] [1] 1961. [4] At that time, it was the highest building [4] in Honolulu.

Graham later received a patent for the revolving design in 1964 (US patent-nr 3125189 [11] ).

Later, the restaurant changed the name to "Windows of Hawaii" [5] but closed completely [4] in the mid-1990s. [5] The premises were converted to office space [1] and the floor was welded into place.

One revolving restaurant remains in Hawaii, called Top of Waikiki. [12]

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