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House John Perry
Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape

John PERRY: Architect


Cumming-George 1933

MR. JOHN PERRY'S house has some rather unusual features. The windows, placed without uniformity, give a distinctive air, the staircase window on the front elevation being high and narrow and glazed with Flemish glass. The tiled roof is simple and unbroken save for the solid chimney stack which rises at one end.

The most distinctive feature of the house internally is the entire absence of doors to all living rooms. Arched openings are used instead of doors, it being claimed that by the free passage of air, draught is lessened and almost eliminated. An archway leads into the lounge, and between the lounge and the dining room, one central arch with arched screens of clear leaded glass spring from dwarf walls. Space and vision has been the object without the sacrifice of comfort or the creation of too bare an aspect. Wherever doors are used the framework is of steel with teak or glass panels whichever is appropriate.

Upstairs a wide landing is used as a lounge and opens to the small corbelled balcony above the entrance.

Three good bedrooms run parallel with the back of the house with windows that catch the morning sun.

The bathroom has its bath planned well away from the wall, a hand-basin with toilet cupboard above, and next to the hand-basin a porcelain shelf almost wide enough to be termed a table, having an oval mirror on the wall above. Both bathroom and kitchen premises have quarry-tiled floors and curved skirtings.

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 112-113