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House G Leith
Johannesburg, Gauteng

George Esselmont Gordon LEITH: Architect

Date:1932?
Type:Homestead
Status:Unknown

Cumming George 1933

THE CHARM of this house is to be found in the manner in which it has been fitted to a steeply sloping mountain-side, the site resembling an eyrie rather than one upon which a building could be erected.

By planning the hall, lounge, loggia and study on the level of the staircase landing, one has only to descend one flight of steps to the kitchen, pantry, maid's room and dining room, and climb one flight to the four bedrooms and bathroom immediately over them. The dining room is approached by a separate flight of steps from the lounge.

The view from the loggia is truly magnificent, and the natural rock garden with indigenous shrubs and trees adds a natural charm, which even the skilled gardener could not hope to emulate.

The big lounge has its main portion rising to the dark beams and rafters of the roof, with the bay window and fireplace recessed, and the concrete staircase which goes down to the dining room from this room clearly seen in the illustration.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 60-61