People:James BISSET: Architect
Thomas James Campbell INGLESBY: Contractor
South African Mutual Life Assurance Society Building.
This was Old Mutual's first office. The design was put out to competition and was won by WELCHMAN and READ with James BISSET as runner-up. However the WELCHMAN and READ design was too expensive so they turned to the design of James BISSET. THe contractor was Thomas James Campbell INGLESBY, not that his tender was the lowest submitted but, even at at barely thirty years old, he was acknowledged to be Cape Town's leading builder.
The shops on the ground floor were glass-fronted which was a novelty in those days.
On the night of Friday 27 June 1902 a fire started in the City Chambers which abutted the Old Mutual, despite the best efforts of the Fire Brigade the entire city block was burnt to the ground.
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