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EDWARDS, Charles Henry

Born: 1864 04 21
Died: ?


Year registered: 1927

Was born in Britain. He trained with his father, a builder and contractor, for eight years before emigrating to Australia in 1886 where he was employed to manage the stone business of a firm of builders in Brisbane. In 1887 he left to go south and 'led a nomadic life for several months in the bush of New South Wales and Victoria, gaining knowledge which, although not professional, proved very useful in after years' (LRIBA nomination papers 1911). He arrived in Melbourne and was made manager of the New Zealand Stone Company's works. He left after eighteen months, changing jobs several times before returning to England in 1893, with his wife and two children. He re-entered his father's business but 'in 1895 the desire to again be travelling overtook me and this time I decided to go to South Africa' (LRIBA nom papers 1911). Here he joined the service of the German Mining & General Business firm under PE TREEBY, AVIA, remaining for two years. In 1899 he set up as an architect in Cape Town. After six months, during which there was not much business, he closed the office and joined the city council's architectural department, transferring from there to the government Harbour Board offices. He was listed in partnership with Treeby (cf TREEBY & EDWARDS) in Juta's Cape Town directory for 1901 but the partnership does not appear to have lasted long and neither Treeby or Edwards mentions such a partnership.

From 1901 to 1902 he worked for BAKER & MASEY as clerk of works and draughtsman before rejoining the city council as an assistant building surveyor in 1902, being promoted in 1904 and made a permanent official in 1907.

In 1911 Edwards was elected a Licentiate member of the RIBA, his address at the time being c/o the city hall (Cape Town) (he lived at Hildesheim in Sea Point), he enclosed a list of buildings with his LRIBA application, stating he had executed these buildings as principal, including a perspective of Table Bay Yacht Club. Edwards registered with the Institute of South African Architects in 1927 and resigned from the ISAA in 1931. His LRIBA papers had been signed by CH SMITH who said he had known Edwards since 1896.

Reg Prob RIBA 1911; LRIBA 1911; ISAA 1927; FIAA. (Juta's CT dir 1901; ISAA mem list; LRIBA nom papers (1911) 769)

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

Brick stack: pre-1911. Wynberg, Western Cape - Architect
Church of St Barnabas: 1896. Tamboers Kloof, Cape Town, Western Cape - Assistant Architect
Coloured School: 1931. Diep Rivier, Western Cape - Architect
De Smidt St 18-20, Houses: c1925. De Waterkant, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Domestic quarters and brick factory: pre-1911. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Farmhouse: pre-1911. Muldersvlei, Stellenbosch, Western Cape - Architect
Fish markets: pre-1911. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Flats/shops: 1931. Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Government House, staff cottage: pre-1911. Cape Town, Western Cape - Assistant Architect
House: pre-1911. Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House & stables: pre-1911. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
House Cardew: pre-1911. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
Marine Hotel: pre-1911 : 1923. Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect 1911
Silesia Bldgs, with PE TREEBY: 1896. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
South African College House: 1907. Cape Town, Western Cape - Assistant Architect

Books citing EDWARDS

Brown, SM. 1969. Architects and others: an annotated list of people of South African interest appearing in the RIBA Journal 1880-1925. Johannesburg: Unpublished dissertation, University of the Witwatersrand. pp

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp E2

Johnson, Brian Andrew. 1987. Domestic architecture at the Cape, 1892-1912 : Herbert Baker, his associates and his contemporaries. Cape Town: Unpublished Thesis UNISA. pp