"ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA" is the outcome of six years' experience as a student and writer on architectural subjects in South Africa; contributed to various papers and magazines, not only throughout the Union, but also overseas.
In the past, two notable and valuable works have been issued on historical architecture. Mrs. A. F. Trotter: "Old Cape Colony", and Dorothea Fairbridge: "Historic Houses", but no attempt has been made to gather into a volume, any record of modern architecture as represented in our big city buildings and the many beautiful homes all over the Union. This, "ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA'' endeavours to do.
Cape Dutch architecture, particularly domestic, is one of our most artistic and national assets, but side by side with it, have grown up our English styles in domestic work, together with the modernism which is at once an expression of our age and a new art.
It is perhaps, for those who love this land, a significant fact that this volume which unites both South African and English architecture, should be given to the public at a time when the two races are at last beginning to understand and trust each other.
It endeavours to give a faithful and unbiassed record of modern buildings, domestic and otherwise, throughout the country, and to give it in such a form as to make it attractive to the layman as well as the expert.
It has been found impossible to use all the material available, and in some cases the selection has perforce been somewhat arbitrary. But the fact that it is being published at all during one of the greatest periods of depression the world has ever known, speaks much for the urge that existed for its compilation.
It is intended to publish a further volume on similar lines next year, when many beautiful buildings and houses, now in course of erection, will be completed.
Thanks are due to the many architects who have so ably assisted in its compilation, to the "Cape Argus", to the "Architect Builder & Engineer", to the "South African Architectural Record", and to Mr. H. McQueen, architect, whose artistic design on the cover is a valuable contribution.
L. C. G.