Edwin Austin COOKE: Architect 1904
Anthony (Antonie) Mauritz DE WITT: Associated Architect 1904
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In 1904 A Epstein, a wealthy property developer, for whom COOKE had previously designed smaller project, requested a complete redesign of the previous building. It is possible that he did this in association with DE WITT. Its forebear, which was incorporated into the rebuild, was to the design of George RANSOME. The executed design is described by Picton-Seymour (1977: 58) as:... a delightful building on gin-palace lines ...
It later became the Regent's Palace, thereafter the Hotel Louis Botha. It was demolished c1969, together with other buildings in that street block, to make way for the government building 120 Plein Street.
(SAAE&S Jnl Sep 1907:212; SAWW 1908; AB&E Sep 1922:1).
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