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Residence at Newlands
Newlands, Cape Town, Western Cape

Brian George Lewis MANSERGH: Architect



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33°58'01.35" S 18°27'26.12" E Alt: 75m

(AB&E May 1933:9,10)

Cumming-George 1933

THIS very beautiful house stands on a site which includes a mountain stream and where mountain stone is to be had in great quantities. The architect has taken full advantage of this latter natural asset, incorporating mountain stone into both design and construction.

The house rises from foundations of mountain stone, and mountain stone is used for the arched entrance and loggias with the addition of stone quoins. The house which is double-storeyed has its main elevation and entrance facing the road, the garage being linked with the house by a screened yard. Square-headed sash windows are used shuttered over the lower portion. The upper windows are well screened by the very wide eaves. The roof of cedar shingles in a warm brown tone is a fine piece of work which admirably sets off the stone and texture plaster of the exterior walls.

On the side elevation the deep loggia and upper balcony is faced with mountain stone, the circular steps and wide terrace leading to garden are a delightful feature of the house.

A fine teak entrance door leads into the hall which rises to the height of two storeys, having a gallery from which broadcasting is possible.

The lounge, finished in delicate shades of green, has an ingle fireplace largely composed of mountain stone. The dining-room opens to the covered loggia and paved terrace. Teak flooring is used throughout the living rooms, the dining-room having skirtings in terrazzo.

On the upper floor the accommodation consists chiefly of two private suites of rooms, main bedroom and guest's bedroom each with built-in furniture and private bathroom.

The main bedroom is in shades of pale grey with a bathroom of emerald green,, and this suite includes a small boudoir, the bedroom opening to the fine upper balcony.

The study on the ground floor is fitted specially for books and is a very cosy room with fireplace.

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

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pg 108-109