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Standard Bank
Central Cape Town, Western Cape

BLACK and FAGG: Architect

Street:Adderley and St George's Streets


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33°55'27.67" S 18°25'12.67" E Alt: 32m

Cumming-George 1933

THE STANDARD BANK premises (A.B.C. Branch) with frontages to Adderley and St. George's Streets, completed in 1931, comprise Banking Hall, Manager's and Sub-Manager's offices, and Waiting Rooms on Ground Floor, various departments being accommodated on the upper floors, with some offices available for letting, on the St. George's Street frontage. Strong rooms are provided in the basement.

The elevations have been carried out in Renaissance style, the ground and first floors being faced with Paarl granite, the upper portion in cast stone of a cream colour, obtained by using crushed Table Mountain stone. A feature of both elevations is the colonnade of fluted Ionic columns, with enriched entablature and balustrade over. The entrance doors and windows to ground floor are of bronze, the upper windows being of steel.

The Banking Hall has a panelled dado of marble, while the counter and other fittings are in teak, with brass grilles. The rooms for Manager and Sub-Manager are panelled in teak.

This building replaced the African Banking Corporation building. A reference to it was retained in the name: the ABC branch.

After this SB branch closed in the early 2000s, the building housed various restaurants over the years. Circa 2020 it was turned into 35 studio loft apartments for short-stay visits and is called Neighbourgood Reserve. See Neighbourgood Reserve

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 96
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 208 item 65.31