The Parker, Staniforth and Bieldt Collection (BC729) in Special Collections and Archives [University of Cape Town] contains about 1740 architectural drawings of buildings erected mainly in Cape Town in the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. John Parker (1866-1921) was the principal of one of the largest architectural companies in Cape Town and was also active in public life, including being Mayor of Greater Cape Town for two terms from 1913.
Howard Parker, a grandson of John Parker, assisted by his brother Graham, both architects themselves, and Howard’s wife Natalie, researched the drawings extensively to make a selection to illustrate a new book on John Parker. The drawings include hotels (e.g. The White House, The Green Hanson), schools (Rustenberg and Wynberg Girls’ High Schools), business premises (e.g. Garlicks and Hepworths), residences and places of worship (e.g. Mowbray Presbyterian Church and the iconic Great Synagogue). The draughtsmanship is of a remarkably high standard reflecting strength of concept as well as fine colouring and decorative features, making the drawings artworks in their own right.
(Clive Kirkwood, UCT Special Collections, accessed June 2015)
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