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House Hart
Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape

BLACK and FAGG: Architect
Edward Goyen HART: Design Architect

Client:E Goyen Hart

Cumming-George 1933

THIS HOUSE, which was built by the architect for his own occupation, was planned with a view to economy of space and simplicity of style, the treatment generally being on the lines of the small English house of the early eighteenth century. The plot is long and narrow, a frontage of only 50 feet, and the house had to be kept well forward to line with existing houses, so that the main rooms have been placed overlooking the garden at the back for privacy and to get the morning sun. The sliding sash windows give ample ventilation and allow for louvred shutters on the outside. The front door is recessed and crowned with a semi-circular hood forming a small porch. The walls are plastered, roughcast up to the first floor window sills and coloured a deeper cream than the upper part, the roof being covered with blue and yellow slates, and the woodwork painted yellow to match. Internally, the living and dining-room walls have been given a simple panelled effect by the application of small wood mouldings, with doors of one panel to match, the woodwork being painted the same colour as the walls, giving a quiet and restful effect to the rooms. The living room is finished a deep cream, with blue and white Dutch tiles surrounding the chromium metal grate, and the dining-room a soft green with cream frieze, the radiator recess being lined with buff tiles. The floors are of pitch pine, oiled and stained to a pale honey colour. A small porch opens off the dining-room, which leads .to an open paved stoep with piers and pergola beams over.

A combined serving hatch and china cupboard connects dining room and kitchen, the latter room being fitted with electric stove, tiled sink recess and cool pantry. Pale green woodwork and cream walls have been used throughout the hall, stairs and landing and spare bedroom, other bedrooms being finished with blue-grey and deep cream woodwork.. The bathroom has a built-in bath, with white tiled dado and blue and cream corcoleum floor. There is a built-in cupboard in each bedroom, while from the main bedroom also leads a small sleeping balcony and dressing room with fitted wash basin.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 122-123