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Boere Saamwerk Beperk, Wool Store
Observatory, Cape Town, Western Cape


Type:Offices and Warehouse
Style:Dutch Expressionist : Tectonic ZA Wilhelmiens


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Cumming-George 1934

AS one travels by train from Cape Town along the suburban line, a very striking addition to Cape Town's modern buildings is the Boere Saamwerk Beperk wool store of the factory type, which is on the right of the line.

Constructed of reinforced concrete walls, piers and beams, with steel stanchions on the first floor which support the steel saw-tooth roof, it has a clear floor space of 30,000 square feet (2,787m2) on each floor.

Adjacent to the store is the Company's office block which contains manager's room, typists' room and general offices on the ground floor. The Board room, tea-room, buyers' room and lavatory accommodation is on the first floor.

The wool arriving is off-loaded at the Company's own siding, taken to the first floor by conveyors. Here it is sold and re-baled and securely bound by machinery and deposited through shutes to the ground floor, where it is stored until despatched for shipment overseas.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 79