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Mansion House - Cartwright's Corner
Cape Town, Western Cape


Client:JD Cartwright
Type:Offices with shops to street


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33°55'26.21" S 18°25'17.75" E Alt: 31m

(SAWW 1931-2; Radford 1979:254 ill; Johnson 1987:393), 1903

This building replaced the original Cartwright's Corner built in 1898 designed by Charles Henry SMITH.

The side photograph of the first Cartwright's Corner was sent to us by Iain Colquhoun from Galicia, Spain. Before moving to Spain he 'acquired an old, yellowing sepia print on very thin photographic paper from a junk shop, which depicts a busy high street somewhere (I imagined in Australia)', but on searching the web he discovered ARTEFACTS and sent the photo to us. The photo is taken looking up Adderley Street towards the gardens with the Standard Bank in the foreground and the Groote Kerk in the background.

The new building comprises a basement and ground and over 20 floors, concrete framed high rise office tower.

Ground level arcades and shops : extensive aluminium, terrazzo and reflective glass detailing. The building stands on the site of the previous Fletcher and Cartwrights (The Mansion House) and Heynes Mathew, both c1900 buildings. Completed cl968.

[Rennie, J (Chair of committee). 1978. The buildings of Central Cape Town (Volume 2). Cape Town: Cape Provincial Institute of architects. p201 [65/6]

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.