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FLEISCHMANN, Erwin Walter

Born: 1885
Died: 1952 05 16

Architect


Was born in Esslingen, Germany, where he married Helene Dau. According to the architect Patrick SHILLINGTON, who worked under Fleischmann in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Pretoria around 1935, Fleischmann was a pupil of Professor Paul Bonatz at the University of Stuttgart, Germany. It is not yet known when he arrived in South Africa, but by 1927 he was employed by the PWD in Pretoria, registering as a member of the Institute of South African Architects in this year. By November 1936 he had been promoted to the post of architectural assistant grade 1. Fleischmann is best known for the design of the Meteorological Office Building (c1939), now part of the University of Pretoria. The building demonstrates a clear understanding of modern European architectural trends and a pioneer of the new direction taken by the PWD at the end of the 1930s. He lived latterly at 889 Schoeman St, Arcadia, Pretoria, and died at the farm Tweespruit, Bronkhorstspruit.

ISAA 1927. (ISAA mem list; PSL 1936:182; Shillington 1986; TAD MHG 2621/52; UP Sch of Arch Doc)

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 FLEISCHMANN

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp F7