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Britannia Hotel
Central Cape Town, Western Cape

John PARKER: Architect

Status:Demolished late 1960s
Street:Buitenkant/Caledon Sts


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Designed by Parker for Ohlssons Cape Breweries.

Many small hotels, including this one, had closed by the mid-1930s - probably an effect of the Great Depression. They continued to operate as bars that offered meals and billiards. The unoccupied bedrooms would have been used for storage. The Juta’s Street Directory of 1934 lists this former hotel as the Britannia Bar. (Extracted from Walker 2015: 10).

When Rennie inspected the site in 1978, the building had been replaced with Norlen House, a narrow seven-storey office block. The lift dated from 1970. (Rennie 1978: 339)

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

Walker, Michael. 2015. Old hotels of Cape Town (1890-1911), The : A history long forgotten, seldom told. St James: Published Privately. pg 8 + ill, 10, 71