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WM Cuthberts and co Building
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

People:

Hubert William WALKER: Architect

Date:1904
Type:Commercial
Status:Extant


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33°57'29.34" S 25°37'14.99" E Alt: 7m
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The 7 storey building was once one of the landmarks of the city, partly because it was one of the tallest in the city when constructed and partly due to the eye catching globe that adorned the top of the corner turret. Sadly the tower and the globe were lost, together with the ground floor canopy and first floor balcony. The body of the building has been concealed by a rain screen cladding, since the 1950's. Firstly in aluminium but this was replaced in later years by blue glass. It is unclear what remains of the original facade behind. The result is that the building is unrecognisable and many assume it was demolished. The side elevation is still,however,visible and some elements of the original can still be made out. (Gerald Humphrey, July 2017)

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