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Author:Cumming-George, L
Title:Architecture in South Africa - Volume One
Place:Cape Town
Publisher:The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.


"ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA" is the outcome of six years' experience as a student and writer on architectural subjects in South Africa; contributed to various papers and magazines, not only throughout the Union, but also overseas.

In the past, two notable and valuable works have been issued on historical architecture. Mrs. A. F. Trotter: "Old Cape Colony", and Dorothea Fairbridge: "Historic Houses", but no attempt has been made to gather into a volume, any record of modern architecture as represented in our big city buildings and the many beautiful homes all over the Union. This, "ARCHITECTURE IN SOUTH AFRICA'' endeavours to do.

Cape Dutch architecture, particularly domestic, is one of our most artistic and national assets, but side by side with it, have grown up our English styles in domestic work, together with the modernism which is at once an expression of our age and a new art.

It is perhaps, for those who love this land, a significant fact that this volume which unites both South African and English architecture, should be given to the public at a time when the two races are at last beginning to understand and trust each other.

It endeavours to give a faithful and unbiased record of modern buildings, domestic and otherwise, throughout the country, and to give it in such a form as to make it attractive to the layman as well as the expert.

It has been found impossible to use all the material available, and in some cases the selection has perforce been somewhat arbitrary. But the fact that it is being published at all during one of the greatest periods of depression the world has ever known, speaks much for the urge that existed for its compilation.

It is intended to publish a further volume on similar lines next year, when many beautiful buildings and houses, now in course of erection, will be completed.

Thanks are due to the many architects who have so ably assisted in its compilation, to the "Cape Argus", to the "Architect Builder & Engineer", to the "South African Architectural Record", and to Mr. H. McQueen, architect, whose artistic design on the cover is a valuable contribution.

L. C. G.

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Commercial Union Building - Market House, 1930, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 97 ill
CTC Bazaars, 1931, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. pp 154
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General Motors South Africa Assembly Plant, 1928, North End, Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth), Eastern Cape. pp 145
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House Capt. Elsworth - The Rafters, 1933, St James, Western Cape. pp 115 ill, 116 ill
House Col CL de Villiers, 1930, Waterkloof, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 79 ill, 80
House Duffet, c1933, Retreat, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 102-104
House EC McConnell: Ontario, pre-1932, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 105-107
House Everard, 1929?, Waterkloof, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 73
House for Mr Sherlock, pre-1933, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 132
House Forster, c1933, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 110-111
House G Leith, 1932?, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 60-61
House Garlick, n.d., Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 117-118
House Hart, c1930, Rondebosch, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 122-123
House HD Evans, 1930, Dunkeld, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 64, 65
House Hillman - Ridge Heights, n.d., Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 62 ill, 63
House J Kirkness, Muckleneuk, c1929, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 76
House John Perry, c1930, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 112-113
House K Ray, 1930?, Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 66
House Lady Smith, 1927, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 121
House Lawrie, 'Tigablas', c1928, Muckleneuk, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 77-78 ill
House Leo Kramer, 1930, Bloemfontein, Free State. pp 147
House Mann, 1928, Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 127-128
House Miss AM Buchanan, 1932, Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 108-109
House Mr Hartford, pre-1933, Paarl, Western Cape. pp 128-129
House Mr Stekhoven, 1930, Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 119-120
House Sir David Graaff - Zonnekus, 1929, Milnerton, Western Cape. pp 130-131
House White, n.d., Kenilworth, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 114
Metro Theatre, 1932, Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 55-56
Namaqua House, 1930, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 100
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Netherlands Bank, c1930, East London, Eastern Cape. pp 134
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Ridge Heights, c1932, Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 62-63
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SA Institute for Medical Research, 1912, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 35
SA Mutual Life Assurance Building, 1927, Tshwane (Pretoria), Gauteng. pp 71-72
SA Permanent Building Society, 1927, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. pp 155-156
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St Mary's Cathedral, 1922, Johannesburg, Gauteng. pp 37, 38 ill
Standard Bank, 1931, Central, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 96
Standard Bank, 1931, Cradock, Eastern Cape. pp 137
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Table Mountain Restaurant, 1931, Cape Town, Western Cape. pp 87 ill, 88, 89 ill
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GLENNIE, Frederick McIntosh. pp 98
GRANT, William Hood. pp 97, 101
ING and JACKSON. pp 155, 156, 157
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LEITH, George Esslemont Gordon. pp 39, 42, 60
LOUW and LOUW. pp 93-94
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OBEL and GRANT. pp 154
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REES-POOLE, Vivian Sydney. pp 76
REID and GARDINER. pp 43-44, 62-63
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SIEMERINK and WALKER. pp 134, 145
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