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Ottawa House
Cape Town, Western Cape

Simon CHAPMAN: Architect

Type:Offices with shops to street
Street:34-6 Plein St


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33°55'30.62" S 18°25'19.28" E Alt: 26m

Cumming-George 1933

SERVING a shallow shop with a narrow frontage, these shop-fronts created a problem with four distinct features: maximum display space; maximum glass area; retention of largest shop floor area possible; provision for direct lighting, as Plein Street is the only light source.

The design adopted appears to have satisfied the conditions admirably.

Teak polished mahogany colour has been used throughout in the construction, having a deep receding fascia (behind which are installed concealed ceiling lights to light shop windows) with carved number shields over entrance doors.

Plinth is formed in black glass to match marble bases to piers adjoining shop-fronts.

Floors to entrances have been paved in composition design with carborandum studding to present a non-slippery surface.

Clerestory lighting above false ceiling to shop-fronts provides adequate lighting and ventilation to shop interior.

Fittings to door are in cast bronze, purpose made, to architect's details.

Shop-window enclosures are framed together with simple moulds, having glass top panels and coloured in soft tones throughout.

Books that reference Ottawa House

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 99
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 216 item 66.11