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EATON, Francis Owen

Born: 1900 01 21
Died: 1986 07 26


Reg No: 332
Year registered: 1927

Also referred to as OWEN EATON, Francis.

CPIA (1927); ISAA (1927); MCQS; LRIBA 1934; FRIBA 1938

Was born in Port Elizabeth and educated at St Patrick's High School and at Grey College, Port Elizabeth. In January 1914 he enrolled at the Port Elizabeth School of Arts and Crafts, where he studied under F Pickford Marriott, ARCA, until 1922, already articled (January 1916) to JONES & McWILLIAMS in Port Elizabeth. He was on active service in France as member of the 4th Scottish Regiment from January 1918 to August 1919. On his return to South Africa he recommenced his articles with Jones & McWilliams. He was appointed senior assistant in this office (August 1922 to May 1923) and promoted to chief assistant in May 1923. He passed the qualifying examination in architecture in 1924 and began practice on his own account in Port Elizabeth in May 1924. He served as a member of the local committee of the Institute of Architects, Port Elizabeth and was Honorary Secretary of the local Institute from 1926. In August 1928 Eaton entered into partnership with AA TAIT, practicing as F Owen Eaton & Tait (cf OWEN EATON & TAIT). He was elected a committee member of the Eastern Province Society of Arts and Crafts in 1928 and was a representative on the Arts Advisory Committee of the Port Elizabeth Technical College of which he was a founding member.

It appears that Eaton submitted drawings for the competition in 1930 for the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Building in Durban and for the competition for the Magistrate's Courts in Pietermaritzburg in March 1934, the month in which CHN MERRIFIELD entered into partnership with Eaton (cf OWEN EATON & MERRIFIELD), the partnership of Owen Eaton & Tait having been dissolved. According to Volpe (Modus 1 vol 2 1987:9), Eaton was concerned with four of the major buildings in Market Square in Port Elizabeth over a period of fifty years, an indication of the firm's importance in the city - the buildings were those for the United Building Society (1934), the Windsor Hotel (1940s, demolished in 1978), the Norwich Union Building (1978) and the supervision of the Colonial Mutual Life Building for HENNESSY & HENNESSY (c1934). Eaton died in Port Elizabeth.

(AB&E Mar 1933:11; Archt & Bldr Sep 1958:69 port; FRIBA nom papers (1938) 3474; ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1934) 4398; Modus 1 (2) 1987:9; SA Archt Mar 1940:460, 461 port)

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 by EATON

EATON, FO. 1942. The Old Mill on Whitney Farm, Alexandria District Cape Province. S A Architectural Record. Vol 27 No 6, June 1942 pp 167-173

Books citing EATON

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 90, 206

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 92, 157

McLachlan, Gavin. 1993. The Dream Houses of Mill Park. Port Elizabeth: Department of Architecture, University of Port Elizabeth. pp 66

Personalia van Suid-Afrika. 1967. Wie is wie in Suid-Afrika. Johannesburg: Personalia van Suid-Afrika. pp 167

SAWW & Ken Donaldson (Pty) Ltd. 1958. South African Who's Who 1958 : An illustrated biographical sketch book of South Africans with separate sections for the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, and South West Africa. Johannesburg: Ken Donaldson (Pty) Ltd. pp 219

SAWW & Wooten & Gibson. 1963. Who's Who of Southern Africa 1963. Johannesburg: Wooten & Gibson (Pty) Ltd. pp 267

SAWW & Gibson, PJ (Managing Editor). 1965. Who's Who of southern Africa 1965. Johannesburg: Combined Publishers. pp 281