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Palmerston Hotel
Cape Town, Western Cape

George RANSOME: Architect 1890
Edwin Austin COOKE: Architect 1904
Anthony M DE WITT: Architect Associated Architect 1904
Date:1890; 1904
Style:Art Nouveau Neo-Renaissance
Street:c/o Stal and Plein Streets


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33°55'38.12" S 18°25'11.69" E Alt: 29m

In 1904 A Epstein, a wealthy property developer, for whom COOKE had previously designed smaller project, requested a complete redesign of the previous building. It is possible that he did this in association with DE WITT. Its forebear, which was incorporated into the rebuild, was to the design of George RANSOME. The executed design is described by PICTON-SEYMOUR (1977: 58) as:

... a delightful building on gin-palace lines ...

It later became the Regent's Palace, thereafter the Hotel Louis Botha. It was demolished in 1967 to make way for various government buildings including the Revenue Services and Deeds Offices.

(SAAE&S Jnl Sep 1907:212; SAWW 1908; AB&E Sep 1922:1; Radford 1979:250 ill; Walker, 2015: 57-58).

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

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 58
Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pg 57-58