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Established: 1928
Ended: 1934


The partnership in Port Elizabeth between F OWEN EATON and AA TAIT, styled F Owen Eaton & Tait, which lasted from August 1928 until January 1934, dissolved on the initiative of F Owen Eaton. In 1932 the firm was involved in an unfortunate building collapse during a demolition December 24 1931 in which seven people died. The case came to court and a defence was organised by HJ BROWNLEE in Cape Town. The architect and the builder were found not guilty of negligence. The firm was awarded the 1933 Bronze Medal for the design of the Standard Bank, Grahamstown.

(SAAR Dec 1932:321-22; AB&E Nov 1932:1-9; Eastern Prov Herald Nov 3 1932; SAAR Apr 1934:110; Cumming-George 1933; FRIBA nom papers (OE); SAB Jul 1928:47; Trehaeven 1985)

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.

Books citing OWEN EATON and TAIT

Herholdt, AD. 1994. Eight beautiful Gothic revival churches of Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth: Ad Hoc Publishers. pp 157