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House Urbani
Springs, Gauteng

Date:c1940
Type:Homestead
Status:Adaptive re-use
Street:Mentz Street

 


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Coordinates:
26°15'36.68" S 28°27'40.10" E Alt: 1600m

This fine regional modernist style double storey house was designed for Dr Urbani, who came out to South Africa in the 1930's to escape the rise of Mussolini in Italy. He managed to escape internment during the war because he worked for Union Carriage, which company manufactured bogey wheels for Sherman tanks. He rose to General Manager of Union Carriage and was Mayor of Nigel.

House Urbani was subsequently converted into six flats.

Reference: Peter Urbani, grandson of Dr. Urbani, commenting on the Facebook Group "Springs - History of a Gold Town"

(William Martinson, September 2021)

These notes were last edited on 2021 09 15