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Established: 1929
Ended: 1939


The partnership between HL ROBERTS and LL SMALL in Cape Town from 1929 to 1939; by 1939 they were in the forefront of modernism in Cape Town but an early building by them, such as Namaqua House (?1930), demonstrates the compromise between tradition, in the form of Cape Dutch motifs such as the wooden-framed windows which originally had half shutters, and modern construction. A brief description of a bathroom interior for a house at Kenilworth (c1939) illustrates the interior design of the times: 'sand blasted and acid etched design representing a fountain and pool on peach-pink mirror' (SA Archt Nov 1939:289).

(SA Archt Aug 1940:180, 181; SA Archt Nov 1939:289)

Submitted and entry for the Competition for the new Prime Minister's Residence - unplaced.

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 ROBERTS and SMALL

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pp 100

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

Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pp