ALLAN, James WilkieBorn: fl. 1897
Worked in Johannesburg c1897. In 1899 he is listed in the Bulawayo Directory and seems to have left South Africa for Matabeleland during the Anglo-Boer War. He worked in Bulawayo as Douslin's assistant, Douslin was one of the principal architects in Bulawayo at that time and was responsible for the old High Court building in Bulawayo and for what was described as 'the late Rt Hon CJ Rhodes' house' in the Matopos, in reality a number of huts. About 1901 Allan won first and second premiums in the competition for the design of the Mutual Life Insurance Co of New York Building in Cape Town which brought him back to South Africa. W BLACK won the same competition and built the building. Did they share the place and premium? In 1898-1899 he was listed working in Johannesburg. By 1903 Allan was listed in the Longland's Transvaal and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) directory with addresses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The only building by him so far recorded is the Mainsford Building, 59 Main St, Fordsburg (1902). His career after 1903 is obscure although he was still listed practising in Johannesburg in 1915. He appears to have moved to Cape Town at some stage. For some time his address was Rhodes Cottage, Lakeside, Muizenberg.; in 1939 it was 2 Devon Road, Lakeside. He appears to have died in about 1940.
ISAA 1927. (Bulawayo Chronicle (Christmas Number) 1900; Bulawayo Dir 1899; Bulawayo Publ Libr, Historic Reference Collection 1985; Cape Times dir 1933, 1936, 1940; General dir of SA 1898-99; General dir of USA 1915; ISAA mem list; ISAA Ybk 1929-40; Longland's Jhb dir 1897; Longland's Tvl & Rhod dir 1903)
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