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BULLOCK, Charles

Born: 1870
Died: 1909 08 24


Was in private practice in Oudtshoorn from 1903 until his early death in 1909. He designed a number of buildings in Oudtshoorn of which several have survived intact. Among his best-known buildings are those built for the ostrich-feather magnates. Born in Hassock in England he came to the Cape in the early 1890s, working in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Cape Town. After a short time he transferred to Oudtshoorn where he worked in conjunction with JE VIXSEBOXSE for the Public Works Department. In 1903 he resigned from the public service and set up his own practice in the town as an architect and building surveyor. During the Anglo-Boer War he was a member of the Town Guard. In 1907 VIXSEBOXSE joined him (cf BULLOCK & VIXSEBOXSE) [However, whether this practice actually existed is disputed by current researchers who find no evidence to support this and it remains a contentious record (Eds, 2014)]. Bullock practised for six years as a private architect, designing about sixteen public buildings and houses. When DA McCUBBIN, REID's Clerk of Works, was recalled to Cape Town, Bullock was appointed in his place to supervise from 1903 the building of the Standard Bank in Oudtshoorn for REID, AH & W, the building was completed in 1904. Bullock showed a particular and consistent preference for elements of French architecture, mansarded turrets and Art Nouveau details. His public buildings of which the Boys' High School (1907) now the CP Nel Museum, was one of the largest, are broadly classical; his use of local sandstone adds to the impressive quality of his work.

(Ferreira 1985; Picton-Seymour 1977; Restorica Jul 1982:11-30)

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.

Articles citing BULLOCK

Ferreira, Naas. 1982. A Sandstone Architect of Oudtshoorn : Charles Bullock 1870-1909. Restorica: Journal of the Simon van der Stel Foundation. July No 11 11-30

Books citing BULLOCK

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pp 507, 508, 509

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pp 155, 156, 157, 159, 161, 163

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 87, 88