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House Forster
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape

Franklin Kaye KENDALL: Architect

Client:Mr EJ Forster

Cumming-George 1933

A house that shows some good work of the "post and panel" or half timber period of English architecture is always an interesting subject. Its entrance elevation is delightful with its solid teak door set in a timber-framed porch. On this elevation is also seen the full beauty of the tall gable and the half timbering.

On the garden front is a broad terrace sheltered at one end with a high wall showing somewhat the Dutch and Flemish influence which would appear in particular counties and is therefore not amiss in a South African house.

Within, the square hall has the lounge opening on the right, a fine room which opens to the garden and terrace. The staircase rises on the left and turns on the outer wall. A cloakroom and small study are also in this corner.

The lounge is panelled throughout and all living rooms have wood block floors set basket pattern. The ceiling is beamed, but not too heavily, and the fireplace of dressed stone is a pleasant contrast to the panelled walls. The dining room is connected to this room by means of folding doors, making a convenient addition to the lounge when required.

On the upper floor are three good bedrooms, bathroom, and shower entirely separated from the bathroom. Another room which is called a summer room has, as its great feature, a big window which, beginning at seat level, goes up lo the ceiling without interruption of glazing bars, and occupies practically all one wall.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 110-111