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House Preller (Dombeya)
Hartbeespoort, North West

Norman Musgrave EATON: Architect

Client:Alexis Preller
Style:Critical Regionalism

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

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.

Books that reference House Preller (Dombeya)

Berman, Esmé. 1983. Art and artists of South Africa: An illustrated biographical dictionary and historical survey of painters, sculptors and graphic artists since 1875. Cape Town : Balkema. pg 350
Fisher, RC, Le Roux, SW & Maré, E (Eds). 1998. Architecture of the Transvaal. Pretoria: UNISA. pg 128, 175-196, 128, 175-196, 214, 215, 216