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Old Mutual
Cape Town, Western Cape


James BISSET: Architect
Thomas James Campbell INGLESBY: Contractor

Type:Offices with shops to street
Street:Darling Street

South African Mutual Life Assurance Society Building.

This was Old Mutual's first office. The design was put out to competition and was won by WELCHMAN and READ with James BISSET as runner-up. However the WELCHMAN and READ design was too expensive so they turned to the design of James BISSET. THe contractor was Thomas James Campbell INGLESBY, not that his tender was the lowest submitted but, even at at barely thirty years old, he was acknowledged to be Cape Town's leading builder.

The shops on the ground floor were glass-fronted which was a novelty in those days.

Writings about this entry

Simons, Phillida Brooke. 1995. Old Mutual, 1845-1995. Cape Town: Human & Rousseau. pg 47

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