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Established: 1861
Ended: 1867


The partnership is sometimes found as Welshman & Reid or as Welchan & Read, and was formed between JT WELCHMAN and CE READ in Cape Town in 1861, continuing until 1967 when Read left for Britain. Winning the competition for the design of the Sailors' Home in Dock Road, Cape Town in 1861 by Welchman appears to have prompted this partnership. It was also probably important that Read had, in 1860, won the competition for the proposed Cape Parliament Building. The partners were placed third in the competition for the Maritzburg Collegiate Institute in 1861 and were in fact engaged to carry out their plan, in spite of gaining third premium, although the project was eventually carried out by another. In 1863 they won the competition for the Dutch Reformed Church in Cradock with a design based on that of St Martin's-in-the-Fields, London, a frequent model for church buildings the world over. At Cradock the capitals were modified to the Roman Doric order rather than the Corithian order used in London. Their design for the church at Colesburg in 1866, a smaller building, also uses Roman Doric and has a grand portico and pilastered exterior.

(Greig 1971; Kesting 1978; Martin 1980; Picton-Seymour 1977; Radford 1979)

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

With photographs
With notes

Albany House: 1865. Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape - Architect
Anderson and Saxon and Stein and Co Stores: 1863. Rogge Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Guardian Assurance Office: 1867. Makhanda (Grahamstown), Eastern Cape - Architect
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1861-1866 : 1959. Colesberg, Northern Cape - Architect
Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk: 1868. Cradock, Eastern Cape - Architect
Plymouth House, add: 1863. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Telegraph Office: 1866. Simonstown, Western Cape - Architect
Warehouses: c1862. Central, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect

Books citing WELCHMAN and READ

Menache, Philippe & David, Darryl Earl. 2012. A Platteland Pilgrimage : 102 country churches of South Africa . South Africa: Booktown Richmond Press. pp 13

Menache, Philippe & Wolff, Helmut. 2021. die NG Kerk, ons erfenis : 'n fotoversameling van die argitektoniese skatte van 139 NG kerke in SA. Not identified: Not identified. pp 24

Oxley, John. 1992. Places of Worship in South Africa. Halfway House: Southern Book Publishers. pp 77