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Cape Provincial Administration Building
Cape Town, Western Cape

Frederick McIntosh GLENNIE: Architect 1939
Jan Zeger SCHUURMANS STEKHOVEN: Architect 1939
H VAN DER MERWE and PARTNERS: Architect 1975

Date:1939 : 1975
Type:Provincial Buildings
Street:Wale St


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33°55'26.48" S 18°25'06.03" E Alt: 37m

The podium was designed by GLENNIE and SCHUURMANS STEKHOVEN in 1939 and the tower block was added in 1975, designed by H VAN DER MERWE & PARTNERS.

The podium block is clad in Paarl fine grey granite which is also used for paving. The paving is interspersed with Mazista black fine-grained slate (Cole 2002:43). Bas relief panels and animal head keystones are by the sculptor Ivan MITFORD-BARBERTON (Crump and van Niekerk 1988:64). The Victoria Road facade is of red-pink limestone (possibly of European origin), polished and unpolished containing, inter alia, fossilized corals (Cole 2002 50).

Wording on commemorative plaque:

Hier het van
1756 tot 1761
gewoon wie se boekery
deur sy erflating die eerste
Openbare Biblioteek
in Suid-Afrika
geword het

From 1756 to 1761 J.N. Von DESSIN lived here whose library by his bequest became the first Public Library in South Africa

(SAB Dec 1939:62; SA Archt Jun 1939:91, 94; SA Archt Aug 1940:177; Pryce-Lewis list)

These notes were last edited on 2020 10 20

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

Cole, DI. 2002. The building stones of Cape Town : a geological walking tour. Cape Town: Council for Geoscience. pg 41-43
Crump, Alan & Van Niekerk, Raymund. 1988. Public sculptures & reliefs Cape Town. Cape Town: Clifton Publications. pg 35 item 34, 64 item 34, 68 Map item 34
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 100
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 195 item 64.1
Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pg 33