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Volkskas Bank - now ABSA
Bethlehem, Free State

Date:c1949
Client:Volkskas - now ABSA
Type:Bank
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
28°14'05.12" S 28°18'31.34" E Alt: 1636m

Vermooten became preferred architect when JA SMITH took issue with the appropriateness of Cape Dutch Revival as suitable styling for the Somerset East branch of the bank. Smith was dismissed and the "more pliable" Vermooten appointed to the project with the approval of the bank's consulting architect, Wynand LOUW. This was a similar case and Philip NEL replaced in this instance. The resultant design is a re-ordering of the neoclassical, reworked with Cape Dutch Revival flat-roofed town style with simulated sash windows and flat fluted pilasters. (see Silverman, 1998: 132)


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