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BARTHOLOMEW, Benjamin Vincent

Born: 1883 04 16
Died: 1967 06 01


Reg No: 235
Year registered: 1927

ARIBA (1909); Institute of South African Architects (ISAA) 1927


Was born in Frome, Somerset, arriving in Durban in 1897 aged about fourteen. He attended Durban High School where he was outstanding at drawing and attended the Durban Art Class in McDonald's Building, West St. In 1901, aged 18, he was articled to W STREET-WILSON in Durban for three years. Bartholomew remained in Street-Wilson's office for a further year before leaving for London in 1905 for further study and to qualify for election as an Associate member of the RIBA. In London he attended evening classes at the Architectural Association and worked first in the office of EM Whittaker, ARIBA and then for WH Smith & Son where he was in 1909. During vacations Bartholomew travelled on the continent, visiting Rome, Florence, Pisa, Venice and Milan and also Paris. He returned to South Africa in about 1910 when he entered the office of HE CHICK, where he was first listed in Durban in the RIBA Kalendar 1911/12. In 1912 he entered into partnership with Chick, the partners first listed as such in the directories in 1913 (cf CHICK & BARTHOLOMEW). Bartholomew became a member of the Natal Institute of Architects in 1916 and served on the Art Advisory Committee appointed by the Town Council of Durban in the 1920s. He was elected president of the Natal Provincial Institute of Architects in 1937, 1938 and 1944 and served as President-in-Chief of the Institute of South African Architects from 1942 to 1943. In these years he was made corresponding member of the ISAA to Brazil. By 1939 the practice had changed its name to CHICK, BARTHOLOMEW & POOLE with the inclusion of MMF POOLE, and in 1959 their address was 100 Club Arcade, Smith Street, Durban. He retired in 1967, living at 8 Willingdon Rd, Kloof. He died at the Entabeni Hospital, Durban. His son, RCB BARTHOLOMEW, also practised as an architect in Durban, retiring in 1984.

(ARIBA nom papers (1909) 99; Building Mar 1919:254; Building Jun 1919:276; NAD MSCE 1931/67; SAAR Jun 1926:53-4; SAAR Mar 1937:27-8; SAAR Aug 1960:31 port, biog; SAB Mar 1923:36)

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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With notes

Baptist Church, Lambert Rd: 1903. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Botha's Memorial, Berea Rd: 1921. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Public Hall, Pinetown: 1920. Pinetown, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
St Dominic-by-the-Sea: 1922. Port Shepstone, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Wesleyan Church, Bellair: 1919. Bellair, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Wesleyan Hall, Ladysmith: 1924. uMnambithi (Ladysmith), KwaZulu-Natal - Architect

Books citing BARTHOLOMEW

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1975. Aspects of architecture in Natal, 1880 1914. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished MA. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

Hillebrand, Melanie. 1986. Art and architecture in Natal, 1910-1940. Pietermaritzburg: Unpublished Ph.D. Dept Fine Art and History of Art, University of Natal. pp

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 87, 219

SAWW & Gibson, PJ (Managing Editor). 1965. Who's Who of southern Africa 1965. Johannesburg: Combined Publishers. pp 127