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FISCHBECK, August Otto

Born: 1893 08 17
Died: 1970 07 20

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 695
Year registered: 1938

Spes. Qual. exam (Rand)

Fischbeck is known in Germany for the two district libraries he designed in in Leipzig in the style of Neues Bauen (1929 and 1930).

So far very little about Fischbeck can be found in the literature and also in the Leipzig archives. He has entries in the historical address books of the city of Leipzig, from about 1922 to 1935 (with his own architectural office from 1925). There is also a small book about his works in the 1920s (Otto Fischbeck, Neue Werkkunst series, Berlin 1930). A file card compiled by the Nazis has his name and date of birth: He was Protestant and was deprived of German citizenship in 1939. In 1934 he appears to have immigrated to Palestine to escape the NAZI regime. After that, by 1938, he had relocated to South Africa. It is not known when and how he made it to South Africa (Roland Beer Heritage Portal).

Once in Johannesburg he sat the special qualifying examination (Rand) in 1938. At that time he was working in Gordon LEITH's office there.

At some point he must have entered into association with K KNUTZEN (cf. FISCHBECK and KNUTZEN, ASSOCIATED ARCHITECTS), as a residence in Hurlingham, Johannesburg by them is featured in the SAAR of September of that year.

In 1959 his address was given as 801/4 New Marlborough House, Eloff Street, (Box 3280), Johannesburg. By 1969 he is recorded as of address 51 Becketts Building, President Street, Johannesburg.

He died in Munich, Germany in 1970.

In 2018 Roland Beer of Germany, freelance urban designer and photographer in Leipzig, made enquiries by way of the Heritage Portal seeking additional information as he was working with friends on an exhibition featuring OTTO FISCHBECK – Ein Architekt aus Leipzig for the Leipzig City Library in commemoration of the Bauhaus Year 2019 ('100 years Bauhaus'). In the process they located his son, Frank Fischbeck, who provided the portrait from his Leipzig years and attended the exhibition reinstating his father in Leipzig.

(ISAA mem list; TAD MHG 2163/71).

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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Hercules High School Hall: 1954. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Hercules North School - Additions and alterations: 1946. Mountain View, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Hoër Seunskool Helpmekaar Boys High School: 1926 : 1945 : 1956. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect 1945
NHK Saal - Hall: 1961. Standerton, Mpumalanga - Architect

Books citing FISCHBECK

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 90, 184

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 92, 118