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House Barker - AMASENI
Westcliff Ridge, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Douglas Maurice COWIN: Architect

Client:Mrs AF Barker
Street:9 Woolsten Road

Designed by Douglas Cowin in Feb 1936 for AE Barker.

Air conditioning is included on the original drawings - possibly a first in Johannesburg. AE Barker supplied air-conditioning mainly on industrial scale.

The shallow pitched roof, wide eaves and the windows which come directly below the eaves are some of the elements Cowin used here and in his own house Casa Bedo, derived from the prairie style house of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The use of a pitched roof instead of the flat roof was a practical consideration as well as an aesthetic Cowin preferred.

The squareness of the structure, use of steel windows flush with the walls, steel tubing for balustrades, porthole windows are elements of the Modern Movement.

Together with the blue slate roof, this house is typical of what became the "Houghton Style".

(Flo Bird, November 2015 : submitted by William MARTINSON)

Writings about this entry

MacMillan, Allister & Rosenthal, Eric. 1948. Homes of the Golden City. Cape Town: Hortors. pg 3 ill