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Established: 1925


The partnership between HLG PILKINGTON and HA McQUEEN in Cape Town from about 1925; they may have been colleagues at some point, possibly in the Public Works Department in Pretoria around 1910/13 since in 1913 they co-signed a letter 'architectural scholars' in which they criticised the Baker Scholarship, suggesting it was biased in favour of students who had enjoyed the advantage of the English environment: 'How can Mr Baker expect more cultured design from men who, needing higher education, are taught to look upon such works as the Union Building as a classic model? Which even a protégé of its architect admits to be lacking in experience?' (Afr Archt Nov 1913:281). Pilkington and McQueen collaborated on a design for the Durban War Memorial the competition for which, together with Piercy EAGLE the former chief architect of the PWD, they won in 1921. Currently no other work by the partners has come to light. It is not certain when the partnership was dissolved. He appears to have been in partnership with McQUEEN (cf. PILKINGTON & McQUEEN), based in Cape Town around 1925; the partnership probably commenced about the time that they won the War Memorial competition. A biographical note in the South African Who's Who (1925/26) notes the firm's particular interest in town planning, although so far there is no evidence of their having been involved in town planning schemes.

(AB&E Apr 1926:13; Afr Archt Nov 1913:274, 281; Afr Archt Dec 1913: xiii; SAB Apr 1927:25; SAWW 1925/6)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing PILKINGTON and McQUEEN

Walker, Michael. 2010. A Statement In Stone. Cape Town: Privately published by Michael Walker. pp 83-85