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Post Office
St James, Western Cape

William Benjamin Turner NEWHAM: Design Architect
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT: Architect

Date:1937
Type:Post Office
Status:Extant
Street:Main Road

 


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Coordinates:
34°07'08.06" S 18°27'30.84" E

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A small scale building adjacent to the Railway Station, with two tiled Ceramic Studio panels at low level (on the Street facade), both by Joyce ORDBROWN.

The left hand side panel is titled 'VAN DER STEL EXPLORES THE PENINSULAR FROM ST JAMES IN 1693' and repeated in Afrikaans.

The right hand side panel is titled 'ST JAMES NAMED AFTER THE CHURCH DEMOLISHED IN 1900' and repeated in Afrikaans.

It is presumed that the original face brick finish of the building was plastered over, possibly in the recent past, when the building was converted into a restaurant. The building is flanked with buttresses in a similar manner to the other small contemporary Post Offices in the Peninsular.

[William MARTINSON, January 2011]

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.