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ABBOTT, George Eric

Born: 1915
Died: 1941 09 23


Studied architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1937. His final-year thesis was a photographic study of contemporary domestic architecture in Johannesburg, the photography being of a particularly high quality. Abbott was keenly interested in flying and was training as a pilot while still a student. After graduating he entered the office of COWIN & ELLIS. In 1940 he married Marjory LEITCH, an architect - her father was Arthur LEITCH. Abbott joined the South African Air Force in 1940 as a lieutenant on active service and was killed in an air crash at Debra Tabor, Abyssinia. Described as 'brilliant and temperamental' by Angus Stewart (SAAR Apr 1942:102), his brief career as an architect is represented by a house for his father designed in association with Douglas COWIN c1938 (cf. COWIN & ABBOTT) from which it is evident that his sympathies were with the modernist movement. He lived latterly at Epping Lodge, Morningside, Johannesburg.

(SAAR Oct 1941: 363 obit; SAAR Apr 1942:102; TAD MHG 4034/41)

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 ABBOTT

Herbert, Gilbert. 1975. Martienssen & the international style: The modern movement in South African architecture. Cape Town - Rotterdam: AA Balkema. pp 82, 169, 185, 215, 216, 227