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SLADDIN, Thomas Arthur

Born: fl. 1889


Trained in London in what he described as the Atelier Baggallay & Millard, a pupil (1889-1890) of FT Baggallay, one-time President of the Architectural Association, London, before joining Baggallay's office as a draughtsman for two years, working on large-scale public buildings as Baggallay's assistant. In 1891 he was admitted to the Royal Academy Schools, lower and upper, and won a Royal Academy scholarship. In 1892 Sladdin was awarded a Bronze Medal and the Architectural Association travelling studentship for measured drawing. During the period 1893 to 1896 Sladdin spent three weeks in Belgium and was awarded the Silver Medal of merit for drawings submitted for the Pugin Studentship, RIBA. He was working at the Royal Academy Schools at the time, and spent a month studying domed churches in Paris; he competed for the Gold Medal with a scheme on Town Churches in 1895. About 1896/1897 he was offered the post of architect by the Egyptian Exploration Society at their excavation at the Temple of Thebes, but was unable to accept. On his return from Paris he worked in the office of Leonard Stokes in London as chief assistant in 1897, and took his RIBA examinations in the same year. He superintended the house Shooter's Hill, Pangbourne for Leonard Stokes in 1896. Sladdin left for South Africa in 1898 on receiving an offer of an architectural post under the Cape Government, employed by the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Cape Town, where he worked on preparatory working drawings, details, as well as the design, for the new Law Courts in Cape Town. He headed the PWD architectural department for a year-and-a-half at about this time. In 1899 he left the government service when he was offered a partnership with GG MILNE (cf MILNE & SLADDIN); the partnership lasted from 1900 until 1905. Sladdin did not mention the partnership in his nomination papers where the buildings listed are probably designed by him but lie within the years of partnership with Milne. In 1905 he was joined by his brother, FRE SLADDIN, but they do not appear to have formed a partnership. The Bank of Africa in Church Square in Pretoria, was executed by them and their names are separately inscribed on a stone at the south-east corner of the building. In 1910 Sladdin left for Salisbury (Harare), Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) where he entered into partnership with James A COPE-CHRISTIE (Salisbury (Harare) and Umtali) which lasted from 1910 to 1914 cf. COPE-CHRISTIE & SLADDIN. He was on active service during the First World War and returned to practice in Salisbury (Harare) where he spent the rest of his life.

Mem SA delegation to 7th International Congress of Archts, London 1906; SASA 1902 Cape Town; Mem CIA Council 1902; FRIBA 1905. (FRIBA nom papers (1905); Picton-Seymour 1977; SAA&B Mar 1905:123)

Publ: Colour in architecture, Afr Archt Jan 1912:162-66

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.

List of projects

With photographs
With notes

Bank of Africa: n.d. : pre-1905. Komani (Queenstown), Eastern Cape - Architect
Bank of Africa - Barclays Bank - First National Bank: 1906. Cape Town, Western Cape - Design Architect
House Eaton: pre-1905. Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Fricker: pre-1905. Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Hon R Crosbie: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Mr Milne: pre-1905. Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Pegram: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Huguenot Memorial Building: 1900. Cape Town, Western Cape - Design Architect
Lloyds Building: c1906. East London, Eastern Cape - Design Architect
Lloyds Chambers: pre-1905. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Rondebosch High School for Junior Boys - Rondebosch Boys' Preparatory School: pre-1905. Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape - Design Architect

Books citing SLADDIN

Brodie, Antonia (Editor). 1993. Directory of British Architects, 1834-1914: Vol. 2 (L-Z). London: Mansell. pp 626-627

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880 1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

Dunston, Lola & Dunston, Tom. 1975. Young Pretoria 1889-1913. Pretoria: Dunston. pp 40

Walker, Michael. 2012. Early architects of Cape Town and their buildings (1820 - 1926) with postcard illustrations, The. St James: Michael Walker. pp 68-69