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Barclays Bank
Komani (Queenstown), Eastern Cape

FARROW and STOCKS: Architect


Cumming-George 1933

THE BANK premises at Queenstown, for Messrs. Barclays Bank (Dominion. Colonial & Overseas), occupy a corner site, and as the principal streets radiate from a hexagon, the corner is acute and the site irregular. The entrance has been placed on the corner with the banking hall on a central axial line. The entrance, opens on to the public space facing the main counter and tellers' boxes. The first floor has a separate staircase leading from the principal street, and is arranged in suites of offices. The offices are grouped round a central lantern, which affords additional light and ventilation to the banking hall. The floors are of reinforced concrete and fireproof construction, and covered with wood block to the banking hall and rubber tiles to the public space and corridors, while the office floors are of cork linoleum. The plinth is of local hammer-dressed stone to regular courses and the walls are of brickwork and concrete rendered in cement. The windows are all of metal and the fittings and panelling are of teak.

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Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 136