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COOKE, Edwin Austin

Born: 1854 05 17
Died: 1939


Year registered: 1927

Also known as AUSTIN COOKE, Edwin.

Was born in Maidstone in Kent, England and was educated in London. He was articled to A & WH Lockwood, Adelphi in London for five years from about 1873 to 1878 after which he spent a year in the office of Alfred Waterhouse and various other offices in London and elsewhere. These included those of Sir Banister Fletcher and Saxon Snell. Cooke married in 1880 and left for Tasmania in 1884 where he worked for eleven years as assistant engineer on railway construction and with the Public Works Department in Tasmania from 1885 until 1896. In 1896 he came to the Cape with the intention of going to Johannesburg but 'owing to the Jameson Raid' (Afr Archt Sep 1913:252), stayed in Cape Town. He practised briefly with A DE WITT and then, according to Johnson (1987:366), with one PRESHAW (cf. COOKE & PRESHAW) between 1896 and 1898, entering practice on his own account in 1898. In about June 1898 the council of St Saviour's Church asked him to submit plans for a new chancel but nothing exists in the parish records to show that he did so. In about 1903 he designed a number of houses in Cape Town and although his work appears to have been minor domestic work at this point, he was responsible for the design of a grain store for D Mills & Sons in Longmarket St which had 'the largest span roof in Cape Town' (SAWW 1908; AB&E Sep 1922:1). In 1922 the Cape Institute of Architects made Cooke a special presentation in recognition of his services to the Institute. When he retired in 1936 he was living at Montana Vista in Aliwal Road, Cape Town (once the home of Anthony DE WITT). FK KENDALL credited Cooke with founding the Cape Institute's Year Book circa 1907 (?) (AB&E Jun 1931:10-12). He died in Cape Town.

MCQS; ISAA 1927. (AB&E Sep 1922:1; Afr Archt Sep 1913:252; Cape Times dir 1933, 1936; SAWW 1908, 1935:39)

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 COOKE

CPIA Committee. 1983. The Buildings of Cape Town 1983 : Phase Two. Volume Three : Catalogue and Classification. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pp

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 81

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp C12c

Johnson, Brian Andrew. 1987. Domestic architecture at the Cape, 1892-1912 : Herbert Baker, his associates and his contemporaries. Cape Town: Unpublished Thesis UNISA. pp 366

Langham-Carter, RR. 1979. Nineteenth century architects etc. in the Western Cape. Cape Town: Unpublished MS, UCT Library. pp

Martin, Desmond. 2007. Walking Long Street. Cape Town: Struik. pp 80

Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838 1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pp

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 14-17

Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pp 57, 58