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SIEMERINK, WALKER and LANE

Established: 1930
Ended: 1935

Architect


The partnership in Port Elizabeth, Cape Town and East London between H SIEMERINK, HAH WALKER and CG LANE from 1930 until the dissolution of the partnership in July 1935.

(SAB Jul 1935:55)

The origins of SIEMERINK, WALKER & LANE and ultimately of OSMOND LANGE ARCHITECTS & PLANNERS can be traced to a letter written by SIEMERINK & WALKER of Port Elizabeth to CG LANE dated 2 September 1929.

The text of the letter contains some interesting conditions and was countersigned by CG LANE and WP OSMOND.

The transcribed letter reads as follows:

SIEMERINK & WALKER
ARCHITECTS
_______

H. SIEMERINK
H. A. H. WALKER




NETHERLANDS BANK BUILDINGS
72 MAIN STREET
PORT ELIZABETH

2ND September 1929

C. G. Lane, Esq.,

72, Main Street,

PORT ELIZABETH

_________________

Dear Mr. Lane,

re OPENING ARCHITECTURAL OFFICE
AT EAST LONDON
_________________________

We write you this letter to confirm our verbal discussion regarding the opening of an Architectural Office at East London, under the name of Siemerink, Walker & Lane, and based on the following conditions: -

  1. Messrs Siemerink & Walker will support this Office financially for say one year, at the same time giving support by helping to introduce work, etc. Messrs Siemerink & Walker will pay periodical visits to this office, and will arrange for assistants as they may deem necessary.
  2. Mr. Lane will draw a salary of £50 per month, and the salaries of any assistants to be arranged when necessary.
  3. In the event of this office shewing a profit, then Mr. Lane will be entitled to 15% of the net profits, 85% to be refunded to Messrs Siemerink & Walker until the advanced made by them have been repaid.
    When the whole amount advanced is repaid then the profits shall be divided as follows: - one third to Mr. Lane and two thirds to Messrs Siemerink & Walker.
  4. The above arrangements may be cancelled by mutual agreement, when all debts incurred in connection with this Office will be liquidated by Messrs Siemerink & Walker.
  5. If the partnership be broken by Mr. Lane then he must bear the debts incurred by this office, and he will be debarred for three years from starting in practice, joining partnership with or work for any firm at East London or surrounding district at a radius of say 100 miles from East London.
  6. The above arrangements are made principally to assist Mr. Lane, and must be considered by him as a moral obligation, without the making or drawing up of a legal contract.

Please reply to this and state whether these conditions are as verbally arranged and your willingness to accept them.

Yours faithfully

SIEMERINK & WALKER
ARCHITECTS

Original letter countersigned in bottom left hand corner by C.G. Lane and W.P. Osmond.

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.