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Brook House
Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng

COWIN, POWERS and ELLIS: Architect

Style:Cape Dutch Revival
Street:109 Brook Street


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25°45'35.41" S 28°14'10.05" E Alt: 1386m

2013 January - Now used as Offices

Cumming-George 1933 - House PSM Arbuthnot

THIS RESIDENCE at Pretoria is situated in Brooklyn. Originally it was a single storey built and owned by Rupert Marais, Esq. On changing ownership, the second storey was added together with many additions to the garden lay-out.

The charm of this house has been greatly enhanced by the placing of the trees in the garden scheme. The trees form a suitable setting for the white walls of the house and show a happy blending of nature with the "Cape Dutch" architectural treatment of the gables and, parapets, large windows and wide stoep.

The rooms are large and include a special living-bedroom containing a cabinet for the treatment of asthma. The dining room occupies practically the whole ground floor wing of one side and is treated with the traditional type of " Dutch " panelling, two fireplaces, built-in cabinet fittings, and heavily beamed ceiling.

Writings about this entry

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 75, 76 ill