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GEERS, Geurt Marinus Jacobus

Born: 1909 05 13
Died: 1945 02 21


Year registered: 1934

ARIBA 1935

Geurt Marinus Jacobus Geers was born in Pretoria, the son of the architect LM GEERS. From 1926 to 1932 he studied architecture part-time in Pretoria. In 1928 he joined the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT as a draughtsman. He joined GLP MOERDYK's office for about a year (1932-1933) before leaving to complete his studies. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Diploma in Architecture (in absentia) on 3 August 1934. In 1934 he entered into partnership with his father (cf GEERS & GEERS), the office being based in Johannesburg, and applied for Associate membership of the RIBA. In 1944 they opened another office in Pretoria. According to a colleague in the PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, Geers was a gifted and able architect. He drowned while swimming at Glenmore, South Coast, Natal, where he had gone during an inspection of the new Vaderland Voortrekker Strandfonds, a seaside holiday resort.

(ARIBA nom papers (1935) 5747; ISAA mem list; Abbott 1987, personal communications; SAAR Feb 1945:33 obit)

There is also an entry for him on Wikipedia.

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.

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Glenmore-strandoord - Beach Resort: 1944. Glenmore, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect

Books citing GEERS

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pp 199