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SMALL, Charles McRobbie

Born: 1884 03 23
Died: 1954 06 23

Architect


Worked in Johannesburg from about 1904; no information has yet been found about his training. He was first listed practising in partnership with one GOODWIN and CD CUTHBERT (cf. GOODWIN, SMALL & CUTHBERT) in Johannesburg in 1904. He appears to have left the firm by 1905 as he was no longer listed with them after this date. The Johannesburg directory for 1909 listed him in the alphabetical list of residents and here his address was given as c/o LECK & EMLEY. By 1915 he was a member of the Association of Transvaal Architects; he enlisted for active service during the First World War, returning to practice in Johannesburg after the war. In 1922 he was 'wounded at the fight on Brixton Ridge ... is now convalescent and has resumed practice on his own account at 50 Sauer's Building, Loveday Street, Johannesburg' (Building Jun 1922:45), (the Battle of Brixton Ridge took place on 12 March, 1922.) He joined NW GALLAGHER in partnership in Johannesburg in December 1922 (cf. SMALL & GALLAGHER). The partnership seems to have lasted until 1926 after which Small was listed on his own. He gained second premium in the competition for the Pretoria Technical College in 1926 and won the competition for the Central Fire Station, Johannesburg in 1931. His extensive practice included blocks of flats of designed in an eclectic modernistic style with balconies jutting out at irregular spacings, an example being Windermere Court in Johannesburg; his houses appear to mass towards the centre and tend towards the picturesque. Small worked in association with TS SCHAERER on several buildings until about 1937 (cf. SMALL & SCHAERER). Small also worked with WJ DE ZWAAN.

ISAA 1927. (AB&E Nov 1926:2; Braby's dir 1926; Building Jun 1922:45; Cumming-George 1933, 1934; Edward's dir 1927; ISAA mem list; Jnl ATA Mar 1917:59; Longland's Tvl dir 1904; SAAR Dec 1926:94-8; SAAR Mar 1927:7-10; SA Archt May 1939:45; UTD 1909; Van der Waal 1987)

Submitted and entry for the Competition for the new Prime Minister's Residence - unplaced.

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.

List of projects

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Belgravia Convent: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Belvedere Flats for Hillman and Feldt: 1927. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Bldg for N and H Phitidis: 1932. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Border and Allairs building: 1926. Kroonstad, Free State - Architect
Central Fire Station: 1931. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Empire Theatre: 1926. Kroonstad, Free State - Architect
English Medium HS: 1939. Cottesloe, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for A Bryant: 1928. Belgravia, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for JH Prenter: 1928. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Flats for Mesdames Inglestone & Freeman: 1928. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for R Barnett: 1927. Wanderers View, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for S Baron: 1928. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Gainsborough Mansions: 1925. Berea, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Hi-Riagan Court for Dr GAE Murray, offices & consulting rooms: 1926. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
High School: 1939. Vereeniging, Gauteng - Architect
House: 1928. Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House: c1932. Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House EJG Roy: 1934. Melrose Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Gallagher: 1932. Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Gordon Wright, Mountain View: 1926. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House GT Cannon: 1925. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House HD Evans: 1930. Dunkeld, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House J Atkins: 1932. Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Mark Nathan: n.d.. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House O Walpole, Gunhill: 1926. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House RS Graves: 1926. Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Simmons: 1931. Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House WG Roff: 1932. Orange Grove, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
J&E Mansions: 1932. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Louis Botha Home, babies' wing: 1933. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Mavis properties: 1931. Rosettenville, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Mooney & Gowlett's bldg, add: 1927. Kroonstad, Free State - Architect
Novitiate: 1934. Germiston, Gauteng - Architect
Parkview Golf Club: 1932. Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Premier Timber Co Bldg: 1927. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Prudential House: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Residence 1 Houghton Estate: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Shops for Mrs B Edwards: 1932. Parkwood, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
St Vincent School for the Deaf: 1935. Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Tvl Mut Bldg & Invest Soc with WJ DE ZWAAN: 1930. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Windermere Court, for Epstein: 1925. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing SMALL

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pp 47-49, 53-54

Cumming-George, L. 1934. Architecture in South Africa - Volume Two. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pp 51

ISAA. 1927. Register of Members the Institute of South African Architects. Johannesburg: ISAA (Unpublished Record). pp S14