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Bank of Africa
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape

William Henry STUCKE: Design Architect

Street:Main St

(Stucke's FRIBA nom papers 1910)

"It was one of the glories of old Main Street and I've always considered its demolition and that of the Mutual Arcade two doors up as the greatest acts of vandalism in the city. Both these buildings and the one in between were designed by architect William Henry Stucke (of Stucke & Harrison and Stucke & Bannister) who came here for a time during the Anglo-Boer War. The Bank of Africa with its terra-cotta fa├žade (Doulton) was opened on 22 June 1903 and demolished for a modern Barclays Bank (Jones & McWilliams) July 1956. Ironically, First National Bank, the owners, have now left the old city centre altogether and the big building is empty. The green marble columns from the old bank were used by Herbert McWilliams in his Greek Orthodox Church here."
(Margaret Harradine - Retired Librarian, Port Elizabeth Library)

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.