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Standard Bank
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

George Dix PEEK: Architect

Date:1874-1876 : 1880
Type:Bank
Status:Unknown

(Oberholster Sep/Oct 1982), 1878

My 3 x great uncle James John Beckett built the first Standard Bank-owned premises in Port Elizabeth in the mid 1870's. The bank first opened for business in January 1863 and conducted its business in leased premises in the Guardian Buildings on Main Street, but these premises had always been considered unsatisfactory and had become too small for the bank's growing operations, and so the bank called for tenders for a new building to be erected on part of Erf 22 on main Street from the insolvent estate of John Paterson. [On the right is] a copy of the hand-written tender dated October 6 1874 submitted by James John Beckett as well as a picture of the new Standard Bank in 1876. James John Beckett was awarded the contract to build the bank's new premises even though his tender was not the lowest bid.

[Guy Randolph Beckett]

Submitted by Dean McCleland

The building was extended by the same architect in 1880, creating the duality of the facade. (Gerald Humphrey)

See also Port Elizabeth of Yore: The Birth of the Standard Bank by Dean McCleland.

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.