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OBAMA APARTMENT PROPOSED AS NATIONAL HISTORIC PLACE

April 7, 2009, 11:28 AM HST
* Updated April 9, 11:10 AM
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A house committee is considering a resolution that would give President Barack Obama’s former Punahou apartment designation as a national historic place.

Obama lived in the Punahou Circle apartment with his grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, while attending the nearby Punahou School from 1971 to 1979.

Dunham rented the 10th floor unit for 41 years before she died in her sleep at the location on November 3, 2008.

Rep. Tom Brower who joined in introducing the Resolution said, “We are proud of our Hawaii-born son.  This resolution pays tribute to the President’s childhood apartment, which symbolizes hope, inspiration and local pride.”

Under the resolution, lawmakers are seeking placement of the building in the National Register of Historic Places.

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(Posted by Wendy OSHER © 2009)

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