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Chamber of Mines Hospital
Cottesloe, Johannesburg, Gauteng

George Esselmont Gordon LEITH: Design Architect

The Chamber of Mines Hospital, Cottesloe was built against the slopes of Cottesloe Hill commanded a view over the northern suburbs. It was designed according to the Beaux Arts principles and arranged symmetrically around a recessed middle section. Leith's hospital blocks, a large one at the General Hospital and later the Victoria Maternity Hospital, and this example, which was planned for men injured in the mines, marked a new aspect of his development as one of South Africa's most outstanding architects. Their size, his collaboration with the medical and ancillary professions on planning and modern ideas on scientific equipment, operational techniques and requirements, and nursing brought him an appreciation of the value of new approaches to planning and expression. The Cottesloe hospital is a finite, competent and confident work of great character.

(Greig 1971:146; Van der Waal 1987:190)

(see also PWSA Jun 1939:19-22; SAB Aug 1939: 33)

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

Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 146