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TULLY, Henry Cowing

Born: 1900
Died: 1978 02 16


Reg No: 553
Year registered: 1932


TPIA (1932); ISAA (1932).

Was born in Rosebank, Cape Town, the son of John Collingwood TULLY. The family moved to Pietermaritzburg in 1910 because JC Tully had been given charge of supervising the new Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg won in competition by TULLY, WATERS, CLELAND & PENTLAND-SMITH in 1910. Tully was educated at Maritzburg College, matriculating in 1916. Four years later in 1921, he enrolled at the newly established School of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand and graduated in March 1927, apparently the first student to obtain the degree of Bachelor of Architecture from the University. In 1925 one of his drawings was accepted for exhibition at the International Congress of Architects, Burlington House, London. He won the fifth year prize with his project 'A City Hotel' and his thesis was 'A Town Hospital' (1927). Between 1924 and 1932 he worked for both Gordon LEITH, whom he appears to have revered, and AJ MARSHALL. Perhaps it was because of Leith's interest in Spanish architecture that he went to Spain where he studied the architecture. He wrote several articles on Spanish architecture on his return. In the 1930s he worked in Bloemfontein before leaving to work in Durban. By 1951 he was practising in Durban. In 1959 while registered as a salaried member of the Cape Institute he is of address Sub-Division 9, Ayr Road, Greenwood Park, Durban. He was still in Durban when he died.

(AB&E Feb 1927:1 ,9-10; Tully papers, not examined, UNSAL; Herbert 1975:29; ISAA mem list; SAAR Mar 1927:21-27; SAAR Jun 1927:40-41)

Publ: The gospel of creative art, SAAR Mar 1925:237; The spirit of the memorial, SAAR Dec 1925:83-6; New offices for the Rand Water Board by Gordon Leith, SAAR Mar 1927:10-11; Notes from an architecture student in Spain, SAAR Mar 1929:15-17; Spanish Architecture: the Fortunate Isles and Cadiz, Gran Canary, SAAR Jun 1930:63-6; The Voortrekker Memorial Hall by Gordon Leith, SAAR Jan 1932:6-7; The district of Santa Cruz, Seville, SAAR Feb 1932:31-34; The Arab house in Spain, SAAR Oct 1932:255-58; The street of the patios, SAAR Jan 1933:16-21.

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 TULLY

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 99, 214