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General Motors South Africa Assembly Plant
North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape


Type:Factory and Offices
Style:Functionalist : Tectonic ZA Wilhelmiens


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33°55'10.41" S 25°35'59.55" E Alt: 17m

2017: The Building is extant but has been significantly altered.

Cumming-George 1933

THE BUILDING was erected for the General Motors (S.A.) Ltd., for the assembling of motor cars, at North End, Port Elizabeth.

The front portion contains a large showroom, two stories high, with offices in the wings and on the top floor. Provision was also made for a caffateria.

The factory in the rear covers an area of 720 ft. (219.46m) by 360 ft. (109.73m) with a 720 ft. (219.46m) by 10 ft. (3.05m) wide covered platform. The walls are of reinforced concrete, pier and panel construction and the building has a steel saw tooth roof, covered with corrugated asbestos.

The grounds are laid out with sports fields and pavilions, also 3 swimming bath, .and test track.

Cost was approximately £ 110,000.

Lifts: Waygood-Otis (S.A.) Ltd.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 145
Harradine, Margaret. 1994. Port Elizabeth : a social chronicle to the end of 1945. Port Elizabeth: E.H. Walton Packaging (Pty) Ltd. pg 165