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House Mann
Claremont, Cape Town, Western Cape

Magdalena Gertruide (Magda) SAUER: Architect

Client:FHD Mann
Style:Cape Dutch

(SAB May 1928:47)

Cumming-George 1933

THIS HOUSE, designed by a woman architect, has some beautiful exterior and interior wood fitments and designing.

Built on the simple lines of the Cape Dutch houses with square-headed sash windows and solid shutters screening the lower portions, twisted chimneys and gables that are typical of that period when Cape Dutch architecture was at its best.

The front elevation shows rather unusual treatment of the entrance door, which also has a fine fanlight of shaped glazing bars, but owing to the difficulty of getting a satisfactory photograph, the garden front elevation is shown.

Within the hall the staircase rises on the left and a feature of this is the exposed corridor above, supported on massive, carved, teak beams. On this upper floor, one of the very striking features is the china cabinet built into the wall and facing the top of the staircase.

The ground floor is taken up with the large reception lounge and another which opens to a small private stoep, and the dining room. Upstairs there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms.

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 127-128