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Great Synagogue
Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape

John PARKER: Architect



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33°55'47.01" S 18°24'59.33" E Alt: 34m


The Great Synagogue was designed at the height of the economic boom following the second South African War. It is the largest and most ambitious of Parker's designs and an outstanding example of the Free Style, which characterized not only his work but also that of many of his contemporaries. The architectural needs of this period marked by increasing immigration, principally from Europe - were for housing, hotel accommodation, pubs, shops, warehousing, industrial buildings (on a small scale), schools, and ecclesiastical buildings.

(O L Pryce Lewis in UIA, 1985: 58)

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

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pg 58
Cohen, Ronald. 2015. Cape Town : a study in watercolours. Cape Town: Fernwood Press. pg [5]
Duncan, Paul & Proust, Alain. 2013. Hidden Cape Town. Cape Town: Random House Struik. pg 168-177
Walker, Michael. 2012. Early architects of Cape Town and their buildings (1820 - 1926) with postcard illustrations, The. St James: Michael Walker. pg 85, 86 (ill.)
Various A Biographical history: in Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8): pp 58