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House White
Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape

Leslie Marriott EARLE: Architect

Client:Mr Peter White

Cumming-George 1933

THIS house, placed in the rear and left-hand corner of the grounds, has resulted in a maximum amount of garden area, a better view point, and the best aspect for sunshine for all the living rooms, with bedrooms above.

The eastern or side elevation fronts the road and includes the garage, and this arrangement with the high walls of the enclosed yard, shutting off all working portions, not only secures privacy, but ensures a neat appearance which does not offend those who live near.

The front elevation shows the pleasant features of dormer windows and a wide entrance porch with a lintel of striking design in plaster. The accommodation consists of the entrance hall with the staircase in a separate lobby; dining room with distinctive fireplace and lounge with a tiled loggia adjoining. There is also a small breakfast room which opens to this loggia.

Four good bedrooms on the upper floor each with special built-in fitments, one having that of a dressing table with drawers below and wardrobes on either side. The main bedroom opens to a sleeping balcony, and the bathroom, lavatory and shower are in a separate lobby. The shower is planned separate from the bathroom, and is a most convenient addition.

Kitchen premises are planned on most labour-saving lines, with a hatch from the dining-room in a service corridor and facing the kitchen door, with the pantry immediately next to the hatch. The pantry includes a butler's sink, draining boards and table space.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 114