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House Lady Smith
Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape

Henry Howell WOOLLEY: Architect

Date:1927
Type:Homestead
Status:Extant
Street:Queen's Rd


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33°55'20.01" S 18°22'45.82" E Alt: 17m
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(AB&E Aug 1927:19)

Cumming-George 1933

THIS house at Sea Point is built round a central court or atrium as in the style of the Roman houses. It is very well designed and substantially built, rising from specially selected mountain stone foundations, the main elevation presenting many features of early Cape Dutch architecture.

The accommodation consists of study, lounge, dining-room and cloak-room with usual kitchen offices with laundry attached. There are four large bedrooms.

The atrium in the centre of the house is one of the main features. The big bay window of the lounge looks on to this and is so placed that it catches the western sun. The atrium is cobbled and has a semi-circular niche of blue mosaic in which a bronze fountain-head pours water into a circular bowl. On the left wall is the covered loggia leading to kitchen premises, and a door on the right opens to the house corridor.

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.