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JONES, Herbert Thomas

Born: 1875
Died: 1953 06 11


Was born in Kimberley where his father, Evan Hopkin Jones, was elected mayor for several terms. Jones was educated at the Educational Institute, Cape Town and articled to C FREEMAN in Cape Town in whose office he worked for some years after completion of articles. He toured England and the continent for six months before becoming chief assistant in TP Worthington & Son's office in Blackpool, Lancashire where he was responsible for the design of the Victoria Pier. In 1897 he returned to Cape Town where he set up practice on his own account in the same year, marrying in 1899. Jones appears to have been in demand as a church architect both before his stay in England and on his return to South Africa.

In 1901 FMR DRAIBY joined Jones as an assistant and in 1903 the partnership of JONES & DRAIBY was set up (cf JONES & DRAIBY) in Cape Town. In 1905 they opened an office in Johannesburg which Draiby ran, Jones remaining in Cape Town. In 1927 Jones visited London in connection with his commission for the Sun Insurance Company building in Cape Town. At some point, probably in 1928, he entered into partnership with M ADAMS in Cape Town (cf JONES & ADAMS), the partnership was dissolved in December 1932 and in 1933 Jones entered into partnership with RFR DAY (cf. JONES & DAY) in Cape Town, the partnership lasting until Jones retired.

Some of Jones's drawings survive in the University of Cape Town Manuscripts and Archives Library in the Day & De Wet Gift. He was a fine draughtsman. Jones died at his home Furthermoor at 10 Southway in Pinelands, Cape Town. He had married Mary Emma Walker and they had three children.

LRIBA 1912; ISAA 1927. (ISAA mem list; Kesting 1978:810; Picton-Seymour 1977; Radford 1979; LRIBA nom papers (not found); Master of Supreme Court Deceased Estates (CT) 3090/53; SAA&B May 1905:158; SAB Oct 1927:49; SAWW 1908, 1910, 1916)

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.

List of projects

With photographs
With notes

Dockyard Church - Second, St George's Dockyard Church: 1820-1824 : 1898. Simonstown, Western Cape - Architect
Dutch Wesleyan Church: pre-1908. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: c1900. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Royal South Western Fever Hospital: c1899/1900. Oudtshoorn, Western Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Church: 1899. Rosebank, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Church: c1905. Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Wesleyan Church: pre-1905. Muizenberg, Western Cape - Architect

Books citing JONES

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 98, 109, 115, 303

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp J5

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

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pp 54

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 77-83

Walker, Michael. 2012. Early architects of Cape Town and their buildings (1820 - 1926) with postcard illustrations, The. St James: Michael Walker. pp 114-115

Walker, Michael. 2010. Simon's Town : An historical review with early postcard illustrations. Cape Town: Michael Walker. pp 31