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Palmerston Hotel
Cape Town, Western Cape

George RANSOME: Architect 1890
Edwin Austin COOKE: Architect 1904
Anthony (Antonie) Mauritz DE WITT: Associated Architect 1904

Date:1890; 1904
Style:Art Nouveau Neo-Renaissance : Eclecticism
Status:Demolished c1969
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 c1969, together with other buildings in that street block, to make way for the government building 120 Plein Street.

(SAAE&S Jnl Sep 1907:212; SAWW 1908; AB&E Sep 1922:1).

These notes were last edited on 2020 08 04

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
Radford, D. 1979. The architecture of the Western Cape, 1838 1901. A study of the impact of Victorian aesthetics and technology on South African architecture. Johannesburg: Unpublished Ph.D thesis. Dept of Arch. University of the Witwatersrand. pg 250 ill
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 277 item 79.10
Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pg 57-58