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Established: 1936


A partnership in Johannesburg between DL NURCOMBE and HG SUMMERLEY from February 1936; the practice flourished and in 1936 won the prestigious competition for the design of the Master Builders' Association Headquarters in Johannesburg. Their best-known building however was Chrysler House, Johannesburg (1936-9). The firm later (n.d.) became Nurcombe, Summerley & Lange.

(SAAR Feb 1936:64)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pp 151

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 145-146

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 144, 163

van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 198, 211