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Sun Insurance Building, (Sun Fire Assurance now Protea Assurance Co)
King William's Town, Eastern Cape

Herbert John Charles CORDEAUX: Design Architect
CORDEAUX and WALKER: Architect

Date:1904
Type:Offices
Status:Extant
Street:Alexander Rd/Cathcart St


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32°52'38.02" S 27°23'27.79" E
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(SAB Jun 1923:26 ill) (JWH Farrow's LRIBA nom papers 1911)

The black and white photograph at the top is from the SA Who's Who of 1923-24 and was sent to us by William MARTINSON.

The following is an extract from the entry for Alan Bell Gordon on pg 82 of Men of the Times - Old Colonists of the Cape Colony and Orange River Colony; The Transvaal Publishing Co, Johannesburg, Cape Town and London; 1906. Gordon was then the General Manager for South Africa of the Sun Fire Office of London.

"About the year 1895 certain changes in the management of the South African business of the Sun Fire Office resulted in the removal of the head office of the company from Cape Town to King William's Town.... The offices of that company in Alexandra Rd, King William's Town (facing the public offices) form a very imposing structure. Built of the local bluish-grey freestone, the external appearance of the building is very striking; it is the largest building in South Africa devoted solely to fire insurance business. The internal arrangements have been planned with a view to the future extension of business, the spacious general office being capable of affording accommodation to a staff of fifty clerks, and the furniture and fittings being both elegant and substantial."

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.