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Residence 1 Houghton Estate
Johannesburg, Gauteng

Charles McRobbie SMALL: Architect


Cumming-George 1934

ONE of the many charming homes which Johannesburg boasts is this, recently finished on the Houghton Estate.

Standing very high, it is approached by a series of terraces with garage accommodation at a lower level than is the house. Massive and dignified, it yet presents a homely appearance expressing comfort and spaciousness.

The interior layout starts with a beautiful hall panelled in teak with the lower wall curved, this curve being repeated on the staircase landing, which is also panelled.

The dining-room is also panelled, with a very beautiful fireplace lined with a special faced brick.

The furniture here is very delightful in a soft shade of sage green. The doors are also panelled in conformity with the walls.

The lounge, a fine long room, opens by means of glazed doors to the arched loggia of the front elevation. Its fireplace of synthetic stone is lined with special faced bricks, and the two arched recesses on either side of the fireplace carry shelves for the display of china. The floor is of handsome parquetry blocks. At cornice level the curved wall merges into the ceiling over which the same colouring is carried. There is also breakfast room and study, both of which are designed and furnished to harmonise with their use.

The special private suite on the upper floor is very distinctive. The bedroom is spacious, with a tiled fireplace and special lighting, with dressing-room and bathroom attached. The bathroom in lovely shades of mauve, has a marble mosaic floor, and in the -small arched recess for toilet necessaries, the mosaic is repeated with fine effect set in the mottled tiled wall. The second bathroom is in a delicate shade of green. Bedrooms open to different sleeping porches. There is a special studio designed-in the roof with access to a flat portion private to the studio.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 51-52