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House Boyes
Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

Norman Musgrave EATON: Architect

Street:Clark/Pienaar Sts

(SAAR Jul 1934:184 ill; Harrop-Allin 1975:26, 27 ill)

Cumming-George 1934

THE photograph does not allow of the best presentation of this modern house, but the plan will do much to reveal it.

The construction is of brick and concrete. Lower walls of 11-inch (280mm) cavity, bagged externally. Upper walls 9 inch (228mm) cement plastered.

The roof construction is specially interesting as it endeavours to combine lightness, strength, permanence and heat insulation, while keeping it waterproof and preventing cracking.

Roof and floor slabs are 6½ inches (165mm) thick of combined hollow brick and flush concrete beam construction. Brick aggregate used in all tensional concrete. Roof and floor slabs are cast in one single unit without expansion joints, the complete slab " floating on a level seating of malthoid which covers all wall tops and allows free expansion. Wall plaster is cut in at all ceiling angles to allow free movement of ceiling. Roof slab covered with cement screed graded towards large rain waterhead on south.

Woodwork throughout in deal, doors and metal columns enamelled signal-red. Verandah and terrace designed to trap all sunlight while acting as shelter from prevailing winds. Concrete hoods to all windows give protection. A row of windows in the south wall of the verandah allows of ventilation in summer.

These notes were last edited on 2021 12 13

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

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 62
Pienaar, Marguerite. 2013. Norman Eaton Legacy, The : a critical architectural appraisal of the documentation of his domestic oeuvre. Pretoria: Unpublished MArch thesis, University of Pretoria. pg 37,38 ill, 39, 161, 165