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POLICANSKY, Max

Born: 1909 12 06

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 575
Year registered: 1934

Was born in Cape Town and matriculated at Grey High School in Port Elizabeth. He attended the School of Architecture, University of Cape Town for a year (1928-9) before leaving for the University of Liverpool School of Architecture, England from where he graduated in 1933. Before he left Cape Town he received some office experience in the office of J LONSTEIN (1928-9) and added to this experience by working for several months for the Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Spain, in 1930 (Madrid Municipality). While overseas he spent four months travelling in Egypt and Palestine (1931) and four months visiting Germany, France, Switzerland and Spain (1932). Before returning to South Africa he spent six months working in the office of HTH Wydeveld in Amsterdam and two months at Caviliere in the south of France where he was engaged on a survey for the Academie Europèene Mediterranèe. Policansky returned to South Africa in 1934 and worked in Johannesburg for more than six months in the offices of COOK & COWEN and of KALLENBACH, KENNEDY & FURNER. He returned to Cape Town in 1935 where he set up practice. Among his first buildings was the CTC Bazaars in Plein St, Cape Town (1936), won in a limited entry competition, his design being described by a contemporary source as streamlined. The Judge Clothing Factory at Salt River (1937) attracted more attention, 'fresh in its method of functional expression ... the author of the design is obviously indulging in that architecture of adventure which is dear to the hearts of all those who have respect for the imaginative and constructive capacity underlying all creative work' (AB&E Jul 1938:12-13).

Policansky was among the avant-garde architects working in the Cape Town in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1941, early in the Second World War he closed his office and worked for the Cape Town Municipality. He re-opened his practice after the war and among his post-war work executed were building(s?) for Country Fair Foods at Fisantkraal. He appears to have retired in 1975.

ARIBA 1935; ISAA 1934; FRIBA 1945. (ARIBA nom papers (1935) 5774; FRIBA nom papers (1945) Isilili samsise Afrika 1(1) Oct 1977:45-63, article by P Righini; Rennie 1978b); Paul Righini has documented Policansky's work thoroughly and his article contains a full list of buildings and an account of Policansky's career, not given here.

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.

List of projects

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ACA Factory: 1969. Brackenfell, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Adelphi Garage: 1950. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Atlantic House: 1952. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Bashew Bros. Soft Drink Factory: 1950. Epping, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Berger's warehouse: 1939. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Builders Factory for Harper: 1951. Salt River, Western Cape - Architect
Builders Merchants Yard: 1952. Paarl, Western Cape - Architect
Cape Jewish Orphanage: 1938. Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cavalla Cigarette Factory: 1938. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cavalla Leaf Store: 1951. Kensington, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Cliffside Flats: 1947. Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Club Shirt Factory: 1946. Parow, Western Cape - Architect
Corrugated Cardboard Factory: 1938. Maitland, Western Cape - Architect
CTC Bazaars: 1936. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
CTC Bazaars Reserve Stores, now Ackerman's Reserve Stores: 1936. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Elite Printing Works: 1937. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Factory for AE Barlow: 1962. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Factory for H Berwitz: 1937. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Factory for Western Steel: 1951. Epping, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Flats Dr AH Gool - Project only: 1937. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Flats for Ackermans: 1950. Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Harris Cotton Mills: 1939. Harrismith, Free State - Architect
Holiday Camp for Cape Jewish Orphanage: 1948. Muizenberg, Western Cape - Architect
Holiday House: 1953. Hermanus, Western Cape - Architect
Hotel Irene - Project only: 1937. Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Daitsh: 1944. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Liebreich: 1945. Durbanville, Western Cape - Architect
House Policansky: 1947. Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House: Tahara: 1940. Pinelands, Western Cape - Architect
IL Back Factory Complex: 1969. Parow, Western Cape - Architect
Invincible Factory Complex: 1950. Elsiesrivier, Western Cape - Architect
Invincible Furniture Factory: 1945. N'dabeni, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Jaymore Factory: 1946. Salt River, Western Cape - Architect
Judge Clothing Factory, (Rex Trueform): 1937. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Lamson Paragon: 1946. Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Lefic Centre for Foshini Ltd: 1972. Parow, Western Cape - Architect
Mercantile Centre: 1969. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Architect
Mortuary Chapel: 1939. Pinelands, Western Cape - Architect
Nedbank Building: 1962. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Odeon Cinema and Thelma Court flats: 1938. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Offices for Abelsohn: 1950. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Reduction Plant: 1949. Saldanha, Western Cape - Architect
SBH Cotton Mills: 1949. Epping, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Shop for Mink Bros.: 1950. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Silver Leaf Bakery: 1950. Maitland, Western Cape - Architect
St John's Mansions: 1935. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Standard Bakery, now Stewart-Collins Master Builders: 1936. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Store and Department for Helfet Tires: 1957. Salt River, Western Cape - Architect
Synagogue: 1947. Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Tobacco Store for L and H Policansky: 1938. Salt River, Western Cape - Architect
Van der Stel Building: 1953. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouse and Distribution Centre for Fig Bros.: 1960. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouse for 'Messaris': 1939. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouse for SAA Distributors: 1954. Woodstock, Western Cape - Architect
Westlake Technical High School: 1968. Cape Town, Western Cape - Design Architect
Wynberg Shopping Centre: 1954. Wynberg, Western Cape - Architect

Articles citing POLICANSKY

Righini, Paul. 1977. The work of Max Policansky. isilili sam sise africa : a journal of architecture and human settlements - University of Cape Town. Volume 1 Number 1 45-61

Books citing POLICANSKY

Beck, Haig (Editor). 1985. UIA International Architect : Southern Africa (Issue 8). London: International Architect. pp 60

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 154, 226, 268

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 95, 209

ISAA. 1969. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1968-1969 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1968-1969. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 99, 165