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COOK, J Thornhill

Born: 1834 11 02
Died: 1894 10 20

Architect


Cook was apprenticed in the office of Foster & Wood in Bristol, England before coming to South Africa. He was in Cradock in the Cape Province by 1863, working as an architect and civil engineer. He advertised in The Cradock Register 24 July 1863) as having had 'twelve years practical experience in England.' He set up a successful practice in Port Elizabeth in 1870 and in 1873 became a sworn land surveyor and in 1879 entered into partnership with one SPINDLER becoming COOK, SPINDLER & Co (cf COOK & SPINDLER). Cook appears to have done moderately well in competitions, coming second in three: Uitenhage town hall (1880), in which his plans received two votes out of six; Bloemfontein town hall (1880) and the Wesleyan High School in Grahamstown (1881). He left for the Transvaal in about 1887 and died in Johannesburg in 1894.

(D Edward's dir Jhb 1890; Cradock Register 24 July 1863; Heroldt 1988; Schoeman 1986; Uitenhage P & P 1904:74-5)

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

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5 shops, Uitenhage: 1881. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape - Architect
Deutsche Liedertafel - German Club: 1885. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Holy Rosary Convent: 1883. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
London and SA Bank: 1872. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
NG Kerk Parsonage, Maraisburg: 1880. Maraisburg, Gauteng - Architect
Presbyterian Church: n.d.. Somerset East, Eastern Cape - Architect
Proprietary School and Masters' residence, Uitenhage: 1875. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape - Architect
Provident Insurance and Trust Co office: 1879. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Robson's Chapel, add, Chapel Lane: 1881. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Store and outbuildings for JG de Villiers: 1875. Kariega (Uitenhage), Eastern Cape - Architect
Synagogue: 1876. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Chapel: 1870. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Church, South End: 1882. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Church, Swartruggens: 1882. Swartruggens, North West - Architect

Books citing COOK

Herholdt, AD. 1994. Eight beautiful Gothic revival churches of Port Elizabeth. Port Elizabeth: Ad Hoc Publishers. pp 141