Contact Artefacts
please if you have any comments or more information regarding this record.

Volkskas Bank - now ABSA
Warrenton, Northern Cape

Gabriƫl Theron (Gawie) FAGAN: Design Architect
Client:Volkskas (now ABSA)

One of the banks (also, those of Bonnievale, Brandford and Warden) based on a 'type' plan developed for the Ladybrand example by Gawie Fagan as in-house architect to Volkskas.

Fagan here, as he employed in Bonnievale, Brandford, Leeudoringstad, Steynsrus, Warden and Warmbaths came up with the most ingenious solution to the problem [of the Apartheid requirement for separate entrances] by using a single large door, hinged on a central pivot. The door could be swung open to create two unequally sized entrances, each barricaded from the other by the massive expanse of the door itself, while the same bank clerks moved back and forth between the two sides. With appropriate modernist tools, even the problems of 'petty apartheid' could be solved in new and inventive ways.

(Silverman, 1998: 140).

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

Silverman, Melinda 'Ons bou vir die bank': Nationalism, architecture and Volkskas Bank: in Judin, Hilton & Vladislavić, Ivan (editors) and Vladislavic, Ivan (editors). 1998. blank______ Architecture, apartheid and after: pp 138, 140