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Standard Bank
Oudtshoorn, Western Cape

David Aitken McCUBBIN: Project Architect
REID, AH and W: Architect
Charles BULLOCK: Project Architect

Date:1902-1904
Type:Bank
Status:Extant


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33°35'18.22" S 22°12'14.58" E Alt: 330m
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Designed by AH and W REID they appointed DA McCUBBIN as supervisor but when he was recalled to Cape Town in June 1903 C BULLOCK was asked to take over his duties. (Ferreira 1982:29) Picton-Seymour (1977:161) incorrectly credits BULLOCK and JE VIXSEBOXSE as the designers. About the building she says "This must be one of the finest small bank buildings in the country. Great attention was payed to every detail, both exterior and interior aspects being equally well designed."

The reason for a small town such as Oudtshoorn having such a bank was for all the farmers who became very wealthy during the ostrich feather boom which started in 1902 and peaked in 1913. Ostrich feathers were outranked only by gold, diamonds and wool among South African exports before World War I. The market collapsed in 1914, according to The Chicago Tribune, as a result of "the start of World War I, overproduction and the popularity of open-topped cars, which made ostrich-feather hats impractical." (Wikipedia)


Writings about this entry

Fransen, Hans. 2004. The old buildings of the Cape. A survey of extant architecture from before c1910 in the area of Cape Town - Calvinia - Colesberg - Uitenhage. Johannesburg & Cape Town: Jonathan Ball Publishers. pg 509
Greig, Doreen. 1971. A Guide to Architecture in South Africa. Cape Town: Howard Timmins. pg 172
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 160 ill, 161
Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1989. Historical Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: Struikhof Publishers. pg 87, 88