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OPPENHEIM, Richard

Born: c1890
Died: 1962 08 03

Architect

SACA:
Reg No: 692
Year registered: 1938

Was probably born in Germany where he studied at the Technische Hochschulen of Munich and Darmstadt. He went on to study at the University of Gottingen and then to the University of Geissen, his major subjects were Archaeology and History of Ancient and Mediaeval Architecture. He graduated from Darmstadt in 1921 receiving Diplom-Ingeniur. He was then employed as government assistant to the Hessian Government in the department of Architecture (a post corresponding to Clerk of Works) at Geissen and Darmstadt, among his works at the time was the rebuilding of the prime minister's house at Darmstadt. He left the employ of the Hessian government in 1923 and received his doctorate in Engineering in 1925, employed in Thuringia and Westphalia as Assistant Clerk of Works (1923-8). In 1928 he entered into partnership in Berlin with another architect, the partnership lasted three years before he left to set up on his own account in Berlin. Among his jobs at this time were the rebuilding of the former American Embassy; the Bankhouse of Wesserman and the Estate of the Barons of Bleichroder as well as numerous cinemas, cottages and private residences. He left Germany in 1936, owing to the conditions and laws laid down by the new German Government, and came to South Africa. He sat the special qualifying examination, University of the Witwatersrand in 1937. By 1939 he was working in partnership with LT OBEL and AG FROLICH (cf. OBEL & FROLICH) in Durban; by 1948 he was in partnership with A SHULT (OPPENHEIM & SHULT) in Durban. On resigning from the Institute of South African Architects in 1960 he was living in Surrey Mansions having lived previously at 31 Haraldene Road in Glenwood, Durban.

ISAA 1938. (ISAA mem list)

All truncated references not fully cited in 'References' are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books citing OPPENHEIM

ISAA. 1959. The Yearbook of the Institute of South African Architects and Chapter of SA Quantity Surveyors 1958-1959 : Die Jaarboek van die Instituut van Suid-Afrikaanse Argitekte en Tak van Suid-Afrikaanse Bourekenaars 1958-1959. Johannesburg: ISAA. pp 95, 222