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COOMBE-DAVIS, Ernest Albert

Born: 1900 09 15
Died: 1960 12 23


Reg No: 1123
Year registered: 1948

Also known as EAC DAVIS and called Coombe or Bert.

Born in Uitenhage. He articled with JONES and McWILLIAMS. Bert Coombe-Davis worked for the rest of his life in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT in Port Elizabeth from around the mid 1920's. The City Engineer at this time was JJ BURT, who had previously been the assistant city engineer, presumably under Ernest STEVENSON. Burt and Coombe-Davies were largely responsible for the Public Works Building carried out in the Art Deco Style. These include The North End Public swimming baths in 1930, which is extant, The North End Health Centre, demolished in the 1990's. The Mount Road Power station 1931 and demolished in 1987. The Wool Exchange on Military Road and the Law Courts in North End both extant. They were also responsible for the first of the electrical sub-stations which were built around 1934. The small buildings have pitched roofs and subtle Art Deco decoration to the walls. When Eric VOS joined the department in 1935, he redesigned the sub-station. The new buildings are in the International Style, with curved corners, flat roofs and streamline bands around the top. In 1959 he was still listed as working in Port Elizabeth. When he retired he was in the position of Chief Architect

(Gerald Humphrey 2014)

Coombe-Davis was a keen radio ham and served in the South African Air Force Radio signals during the Second World War.

List of projects

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With notes

Mount Road Power Station: 1931. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Design Architect
North End Swimming Baths : 1930. North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Design Architect
P.E.M. Health Centre: 1930. North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Design Architect
Wool Exchange: n.d.. Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape - Design Architect

Books citing COOMBE-DAVIS

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 89, 212