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Sun Assurance Co Building - Sun Building
Cape Town, Western Cape

JONES and ADAMS: Architect 1928

Date:1928 : 1990
Street:102-4 St George's St


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33°55'23.67"S 18°25'13.81"E Alt: 23m

(SAB Feb 1928:51)

Cumming-George 1933

BUILT in reinforced concrete construction on solid rock foundation, this building rises to eight storeys. Part of basement utilised as an electric sub-station for the municipality. Feature of the building is the Arcade connecting St. George's Street with Greenmarket Square. Two fast passenger lifts. Shops on ground floor throughout, including the Arcade, remaining floors for offices, excepting the sixth floor which is used as club premises, and is excellently arranged for the Junior Civil Service Club.

The roof was originally intended to be used as an open-air Tea Garden, but at present is occupied by the caretaker whose quarters are situated on one portion of this floor. The main roof is covered with patent air-cooling bricks on top of special roofing.

All floors are covered with rubber flooring designed to suit each room or suite.

The building is practically fireproof, having very little woodwork in it excepting the doors and surrounds.

The top portion of the building is designed so as to incorporate the insignia of the Company, which can be illuminated at night.


Now [2017] known as the Protea Assurance Building. Accommodates the offices of Heritage Western Cape.

It was extended by Louis KAROL. (Muwanga 1998:24-27).

(Information provided by Ashley Lillie, submitted by William MARTINSON)

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. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 95
Muwanga, Christina. 1998. South Africa : a guide to recent architecture. London : Köln: Ellipsis : Könemann. pg 24-27
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 142 item 56.7