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BOWIE, John Simpson

Born: 1879 12 27
Died: 1955 02

Architect


Year registered: 1927


List of Projects

LRIBA 1925

Was born in Leith, Scotland. Although no details of his early career are yet known he trained in Edinburgh before coming to South Africa. Although the date of his arrival is uncertain, he was listed as a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects, living in Germiston (1915 UTD directory). About this date he was in brief association with PR COOKE. Bowie worked in Springs from about 1920 to 1927, entering into partnership with JL HENDERSON (cf HENDERSON & BOWIE) with whom he practised from 1922 to 1924. Bowie moved to Benoni around 1928 where he worked until 1944. His best-known building of this period was the Transvaal Provincial Home for the Chronic Sick at Rietfontein, having submitted the prize-winning design in competition in 1934. The design was criticised by Norman EATON (SAAR Aug 1934:220). Bowie's address was Kinema Buildings, Benoni at the time that he entered into partnership with RA BARNETT (cf BOWIE & BARNETT) in 1935. The partnership was dissolved in 1944 on Bowie's retirement and the practice was assumed by RA Barnett.

(LRIBA nom papers (1925) 2939 (no detail); RIBA biog file, inf WE Bowie, Benoni; RIBA Kal 1935/6; TAD MHG 1201/55)

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.