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Public Convenience, Chalet
Company Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape

CAPE TOWN CITY ENGINEERS DEPARTMENT (Former MUNICIPALITY of CAPE TOWN): Architect
Walter REID: Design Architect

Date:1895
Type:Public Convenience
Status:Extant
Street:Queen Victoria St

 


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Coordinates:
Alt: 28m

At the lower Queen Victoria St entrance stands the 'Ladies & Gents', a delightful piece of late nineteenth century architectural frivolity. In keeping too, is the yet intact plumbing, with gleaming copper piping, overhead cisterns and throne-like conveniences.

(Picton-Seymour 1977 : 132)

This beautiful period piece was one of the number of “chalets” designed by the City Engineer’s Department in 1895. The presumed designer is the then Municipal Architect (1886-96) Walter Reid. The centre portion appears to be the original building with the two additions added soon after. Compare:


Public Convenience, Riebeeck Square;
Public Convenience, Prestwich Memorial precinct;
Public Convenience, Woodstock.

(Rennie 1978 : 270)


Writings about this entry

Picton-Seymour, Désirée. 1977. Victorian Buildings in South Africa. Cape Town: AA Balkema. pg 132
Rennie, John for CPIA. 1978. The Buildings of Central Cape Town 1978. Volume Two : Catalogue. Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of Architects. pg 270 item 77.9