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House J Pretorius Botha
Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

Aubrey Victor NUNN: Architect

Date:1933
Type:Homestead
Style:Spanish Colonial - Spanish Mission - Californian Style
Status:Unknown
Street:Murray St

(SAB Nov 1933:88)

Cumming-George 1934

THE site of this house is on the south side of Murray Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria.

All reception rooms and bedrooms are planned to obtain the benefit of a northern aspect.

The elevational treatment has been kept simple, in spirit it is Spanish; reliance for effect being obtained by the use of typical Spanish iron balconies.

By placing a loggia on the end of building it has provided an attractive and useful enclosed terrace, with a little shaping to walls.

Externally the walls are rough-cast and lime-whitened, with foundations of dark red facing bricks. The low-pitched roof is covered with Dutch pan tiles.

The lounge and hall floors are of syringa wood block with a black tiled border, while the walls are rough cast tinted a pale cream and the woodwork stained a light green.

The study on ground floor forms a very cosy room complete with built-in cupboards and a simple fireplace.

On the upper floor the walls to bedrooms have been rough-casted and are in shades of pale green and cream with a bathroom partly tiled, the remaining walls and woodwork painted.

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 63-64