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Gainsborough Mansions
Berea, Johannesburg, Gauteng

Charles McRobbie SMALL: Architect

Street:2-4 Catherine Ave


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26°11'27.88" S 28°03'05.36" E Alt: 1789m

Cumming George 1933

GAINSBOROUGH MANSIONS - one of the most recently erected blocks of flats in Johannesburg occupies one of the finest points near the city and overlooking the greater part of Johannesburg and the nearer suburbs.

It is built in reinforced concrete and comprises five floors containing self-contained flats of four, three and two rooms together with bathroom and kitchen. There are also a few bachelor flats in which the kitchen is dispensed with, the sink and gas stove being fitted within a cabinet off the hall.

The kitchens are fitted with gas stoves and refrigerators, the bedrooms have gas radiators and built-in wardrobes, and have steel French doors opening on to a private balcony. The living-rooms are of large dimensions, the flooring being of Oregon pine.

Apart from the heating and cooking appliances the whole building is supplied with constant hot water to all baths and sinks from central circuits situated in the basements.

Automatic lifts are provided to all floors.

The developers and owners of Gainsborough mansions were Samuel Jossel and Woolfe Jossel. (Information posted by Brian Jossel)

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 53-54
van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pg 222