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House Preller (Dombeya)
Hartbeespoort, North West

Norman Musgrave EATON: Architect

Date:1960's
Client:Alexis Preller
Type:Homestead
Style:Critical Regionalism
Status:Extant

Dombeya was designed by NORMAN EATON for his friend Alexis Preller the well known South African Artist. Apparently Alexis Preller had a great influence on the design and story has it that he used to climb the nearby windmill to plan the footprints of the buildings from there.

When Alexis Preller died he was buried in a walled graveyard on the estate. His partner who was killed in a motor accident on his way to arrange Alexis' funeral is buried next to him. See photos.

Dombeya has recently been documented by students of the University of Pretoria Department of Architecture under the guidance of Prof Roger Fisher and Nicholas Clarke and a more detailed history of the buildings as well as 'as built' drawings will soon be published on this site.

For more information on Alexis Preller go to http://www.arcyart.com/sah-preller.htm

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

Fisher, Roger C The Third Vernacular: Pretoria Regionalism — Aspects of an Emergence: in Fisher, RC, Le Roux, SW and Maré, E (Eds). 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal: pp 142 ill 6.9