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House for Mr Sherlock
Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape

Cedric Melbourne SHERLOCK: Architect

Date:pre-1933
Type:Homestead
Style:Spanish Colonial - Spanish Mission - Californian Style
Status:Unknown

Cumming-George 1933

THE HOUSE is constructed in the Spanish style, and contains many unusual features and luxuries.

The front stoep has three well-proportioned arches, surmounted by escutcheon Spanish gable. Pergolas on corbels above windows, and Spanish tiles on a large Ovolo moulding, and the garage and yard entrance with Spanish-shaped coping walls and sloping buttresses complete a very interesting front elevation.

The roof, constructed of patent roofing, drains to four columns surrounding a central fountain and fernery, which keeps the centre of house well lighted and ventilated and cool in the warmest weather. The lounge and dining-room are arranged with Flemish glass folding doors so as to open up and form large reception or dance hall round the fernery.

The large bathroom has a square tiled bath (with hot water shower) in centre of room, pedestal lavatory basin, and also built-in toilet cupboard, medicine chest and linen cupboard, and soiled linen receptacle.

The kitchen has a built-in dresser, ironing board and numerous built-in cupboards, including broom room, and makes an ideal labour-saving kitchen.

The commodious study off the billiard-room is situated in a secluded part of the house with an excellent aspect.

In the basement is a large workshop and conservatory.


Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 132