ABBOTT, George EricBorn: 1915
Died: 1941 09 23
Studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1937. His final-year thesis was a photographic study of contemporary domestic architecture in Johannesburg, the photography being of a particularly high quality. Abbott was keenly interested in flying and was training as a pilot while still a student. After graduating he entered the office of COWIN & ELLIS. In 1940 he married Marjory LEITCH, an architect - her father was Arthur LEITCH. Abbott joined the South African Air Force in 1940 as a lieutenant on active service and was killed in an air crash at Debra Tabor, Abyssinia. Described as 'brilliant and temperamental' by Angus Stewart (SAAR Apr 1942:102), his brief career as an architect is represented by a house for his father designed in association with Douglas COWIN c1938 (cf. COWIN & ABBOTT) from which it is evident that his sympathies were with the modernist movement. He lived latterly at Epping Lodge, Morningside, Johannesburg. (SAAR Oct 1941: 363 obit; SAAR Apr 1942:102; TAD MHG 4034/41)
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 ABBOTT
|Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 82, 169, 185, 215, 216, 227|