Born in Cape Town, son of Benjamin and Tilly Chapman. He was educated at Observatory Boys High School. He studied towards an architectural profession at the Cape Town Technical College and the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Worked in Cape Town where he was architect to the Castle Wine & Brandy Co from about 1937. He was responsible for some fine 'modernistic' architecture (AB&E Nov 1932:3) in the 1930s. He was associated with ID MacGILLIVRAY (cf. CHAPMAN & MacGILLIVRAY) with whom he worked on on the Bloemhof apartment buildings for the Cape Town corporation which were illustrated in 'The South African Architect' (May 1939:50, 51). Ottawa House (c1932) is among his works which are now regarded as good examples of Art Deco. In 1959 and 1969 he was a partner in CHAPMAN, COHEN & VERSINO in Cape Town.
He married Sara Friedman on 1939 10 12 by whom he had two sons and a daughter.
(AB&E Nov 1932:3, 10; Cape Times dir 1933; ISAA mem list; SA Archt May 1939:50, 51)
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.
|Castle Wine and Brandy Co.: 1937. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|Castle Wine and Brandy Co.: 1937/8. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|D Nathan bldg: 1932. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|Flats for corporation of Cape Town, with ID MacGILLIVRAY: 1939. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|House Councillor L Gradner: 1926. Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|House Mordukhovitz - Byvangst: 1929. Vredehoek, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |
|L Vuchten and Co.: 1939. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect |
|Ottawa House: c1932. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect |