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Reserve Bank
Johannesburg, Gauteng

George Esselmont Gordon LEITH: Architect
Date:1938
Type:Bank
Status:Extant
Street:Simmonds St

(SAB Dec 1934:57; SAB Feb 1935:55 tend; UWA:R320-3209; Greig 1971:198)

The Reserve Bank has the austerity and grace of Swedish masters like Ivar Tengbom. The simplicity and the unmoulded framing of windows begins to defer to modern developments, carried further in his later work where classical motifs are minimized on sheer facades relying on fine proportioning of fenestration. This building stands at the point of movement away from classical precepts towards greater simplicity, in deference to if not in sympathy with the Modern Movement.

(Bernard S Cooke in UIA, 1985: 58)

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

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 58
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 144
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 58
Keath, Michael The Baker School: A Continuing Tradition 1902-1940: in Fisher, RC, Le Roux, SW and Maré, E (Eds). 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal: pp 82