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Established: 1931
Ended: 1956?


A partnership in Johannesburg between NL HANSON, S TOMKIN and NI FINKELSTEIN, fellow students at the School of Architecture, University of the Witwatersrand: Hanson joined Tomkin and Finkelstein at the end of 1931, the partnership being thus established. The partners carried out works in a progressive European style in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Springs and Brakpan for about twenty-five years.

Finkelstein left the partnership in 1950 and the style of the firm became Hanson & Tomkin until 1970 when it became SN Tomkin, Hanson & Harris in Durban, until 1978. Hanson's purposeful and decisive qualities, allied to Tomkin's abilities to get work enabled Hanson, Tomkin & Finkelstein become one of the most significant pre- and post-war group of architects in South Africa.

(Arch Rev Feb 1940; Greig 1971; Herbert 1975; SAAR Jul 1936:220 Contemporary Architects 1980)

Publ: House Harris, SAAR Jul 1934:185-86 ill plans; House Brookstone, SAAR Jul 1934:186-87; Swimming pool, House Brookstone, SAAR Jan 1935:8-10; Meadowbrook: an essay in domestic architecture inspired by Italianate precedents, SAAR Jan 1936:3-7; Hotpoint House, Johannesburg, SAAR Jun 1936:181-86 ill plans; New Master Builders Headquarters, Johannesburg, SAAR Jul 1936:220 ill, plans.

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.


Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pp 164, 167, 169, 190, 234, 246, 268

Chipkin, Clive M. 2008. Johannesburg Transition - Architecture & Society 1950 - 2000. Johannesburg: STE Publishers. pp 97, 99, 100

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pp 63, 147, 148

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 72, 73, 86, 87, 88, 133, 136-140, 141, 144, 157, 163, 215, 216, 217