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SA Mutual Life Assurance Building
Pretoria, Gauteng

Leonard Forbes McCONNELL: Architect

Street:Church Square


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25°44'44.14" S 28°11'18.95" E Alt: 1320m

In consultation with Fred M GLENNIE.

Cumming-George 1933

THE S.A. Mutual, Church Square, Pretoria, is planned about a central light area starting at first floor level over the main office, which is lighted by a steel lantern light centrally placed at the bottom of this area with basement extending over the whole site.

Main entrance lobby with floor, walls and ceiling all in grey granite. Stainless steel doors. Entrance vestibule marble and slate patterned floor. Barrel vaulted and cross groined plaster ceiling.

The facade shows classic influence but there is much which, though based on tradition, displays distinct individuality in detail — the consoles in the main cornice, the brackets and balconnettes, the clock, the grille between the column bases and the conventionalised entablature. Church Square gets little or no sun, and it was this that dictated the treatment of the facade with its many set backs and projecting balconies. Harmony with the adjoining building, the S.A. Reserve Bank, has also been studied. The. "orders" are the same in both, and string courses and plinth carry through — an excellent example of forethought and good manners in architecture.

(AB&E Nov 1927:9; SAAR Dec 1927:91-95 ill)

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. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 71-72