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House J Kirkness, Muckleneuk
Pretoria, Gauteng

Vivian Sydney REES-POOLE: Architect

Date:c1929
Client:J Kirkness
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant

The house was designed for and built by the well known contractor and one time Mayor of Pretoria, John Johnston KIRKNESS.

Built on hillside, facing north, and has vast panoramic view over the whole of Pretoria including the Union Buildings, which are on the opposite hill.

Walling, Kirkness hard wire-cut bricks of brownish red colours. Selected Oregon and teak joinery.

Reinforced concrete floors upstairs covered with Oregon flooring. Other floors generally tile paved and Oregon flooring laid in narrow widths, oiled and polished.

Roof covered with Kirkness special “pan” tiles.

Tiling, supplied and fixed: Central Agencies & Import Co. (Pty.) Ltd.
Photo: Alan Yates.

(Cumming-George 1933:76).

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.


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Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 76