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COWIN, POWERS and ELLIS

Established: 1921
Ended: 1935

Architect


This partnership existed from about 1921 between NT COWIN, EM POWERS and TG ELLIS. Ellis was in charge of the Pretoria office while Cowin and Powers were in charge of the Johannesburg office. In 1923 they won the competition for the Synodical Hall in Cape Town and in the same year they were placed second to EMLEY & WILLIAMSON in a competition for the Chemistry and Physics Block for the University of the Witwatersrand. They were appointed joint architects with Emley & Williamson for the building. The partners opened an office was opened in Durban in 1925 with AF LAWRIE in charge. Lawrie returned to Pretoria in 1926 and Powers went to live in Durban and took over this office. In the same year the firm submitted an unsuccessful entry in the competition for Pretoria Town Hall.

The firm was responsible for a large number of buildings in the Transvaal among which were some picturesque buildings such as the Cuthbert's building in Andries Street, Pretoria (c1930). The partners were successful in the competition for the Roodepoort-Maraisburg hospital in 1930 and won the competition for the Edward Vlll hospital for non-Europeans at Congella, Durban in 1932. They were placed third in the competition for the Benoni Town Hall in 1934. The partnership was dissolved in November 1935 when Powers set up practice with his sons in Durban (cf POWERS & POWERS). COWIN & ELLIS continued to practice in the Transvaal, a partnership which included Cowin's two sons.

(AB&E Oct 1926:19; Benjamin 1979; Cumming-George 1933; SA Academy exhib cat 1923-1940; SAAR Jun 1926:35-7; SAAR Sep 1927:58, 72-3; SAAR Jun 1929:46-7; SAAR Dec 1935:376; SAB Feb 1925:43; SAB Jun 1925:47)

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

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

With photographs
With notes


Abattoirs: 1923. Kroonstad, Free State - Architect
Afrikaans Medium School: 1931. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Allen Liversidge Industrial Gases Ltd: 1928. Congella, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Barclays Bank: 1938. Balfour, Mpumalanga - Architect
Barclays Bank: 1937. Germiston, Gauteng - Architect
Barclays Bank: 1932. Nigel, Gauteng - Architect
Beach Hotel, add, Marine Parade for SA Breweries: 1931. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Block of boarding rooms: 1931. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Boksburg Benoni Hospital: 1934. Boksburg, Gauteng - Architect
Bourke Trust Building: 1923?. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Broadcasting studios for Afr Broadcasting Co: 1934?. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Brook House: 1925. Brooklyn, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Buckingham Court: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Burlington Chambers: 1934. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Chester House: 1935. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Christian Brothers' College, residence for the teaching brothers: c1929. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Church of Christ Scientist - Second: 1927. Kensington, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Colonial Mutual Life Building: 1923 : 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect 1934
Court Chambers: c1924. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Crittall-Hope Factory: 1935. Industria, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Cuthbert's Bldg: 1931. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Darragh House: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Duncan Bayne Factory: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Far East Rand Hospital: 1927 : 1934. Springs, Gauteng - Architect
Fire Station (no address): 1925. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats at Crown Rd, project: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for Afr & European Investment Co: 1934. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for CAO Duggan: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats for H Taylor: 1925. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats, Mayfair for Utility Housing Co: 1934. Mayfair, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Flats, Pritchard St, nr Troye St: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Hack's Garage: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Holland House: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Hospital: 1934. Krugersdorp, Gauteng - Architect
Hospital: 1932. Vereeniging, Gauteng - Architect
Hospital ext: 1935. Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga - Architect
Hospital ext: 1934. Germiston, Gauteng - Architect
House: 1929. Mountain View, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Cameron: 1934. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House CB Mallock: 1925. Dunkeld, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House CJ Mowat: 1928. Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House Coburn Hyman: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House D Jack: 1928. Manors, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House D Wessels (now res West German Ambassador): n.d.. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House Dr BG Melle: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Dr C Brownlee: 1931. uMhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House Dr HJ Besselaar: n.d.. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House Dr Van der Bijl: 1931. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House E Barnett, stand 198: 1933. Oaklands, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House EJW Henderson: 1923. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Everard: 1929?. Waterkloof, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House EW Sugden: 1923. Arcadia, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House H Rippon: 1928. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House HB/JD - Waite: 1934. Saxonwold, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House HD Grant Mackenzie: n.d.. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House HN Everard: n.d.. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House JA Bromley: 1930. Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House K Ray: 1930?. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Kalt: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House M Kottler: 1935. Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House ML Jones: 1923. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House NPE Everitt: 1931. Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House PA Anderson: 1934. Westville, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House PA Milstein: 1933. Nigel, Gauteng - Architect
House Pryce Lewis: 1930. Morningside, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House R Meyers: Thelton: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Rossack: 1934. Houghton, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House Silverthorne: 1925. Kensington, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
House WA Curry: 1928. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
House WN Holden: 1927. Muckleneuk Ridge, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
House Woolfson: 1931. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Irene Church nursery: 1925. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
King Edward VIII Hospital: 1932. Congella, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Land and Agricultural Bank of SA: 1926 : 1932. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect 1926
Les Mansions: c1932. Sunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
MacKay Invest Trust bldg with EMLEY & WILLIAMSON: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Mackay Mansions with EMLEY & WILLIAMSON: 1930?. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Majestic Mansions: c1928. Parktown, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Metro Goldwyn Meyer Theatre: 1932. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Metro Theatre: 1932. Central, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Project Architect
Milner Park, sports pavilion: 1924. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Mission Churches for CPSA: Lady Selborne: c1932. Atteridgeville, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Molfort Mansions: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Municipal Offices: 1932. Rustenburg, North West - Architect
Natal Co-op Egg Circle: 1930. Congella, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
National Bank: 1927. Heidelberg, Gauteng - Architect
National Bank & Manager's House: 1932. Nigel, Gauteng - Architect
National Bank of SA bldg: 1921. Polokwane (Pietersburg), Limpopo - Architect
North British & Mercantile Ins Co: 1927. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Ons Eerste Volksbank: 1930. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Oxford House for TW Griggs & Co: 1934. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Park Lane Nursing Home: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Parktown Boys' High, caretaker's quarters: 1931. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Patlansky Bros and Patley: Chester House: 1935. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
Patlansky Bros and Patley: Chester House: 1926. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Paul Kruger Memorial Hospital: 1928 : 1931. Rustenburg, North West - Architect
Playhouse: 1927. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Project Architect
Pretoria Bowling Club House: 1930. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Pretoria News printing works and offices: 1923. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Prudential Assurance Building: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Rennette Mansions: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Roodepoort-Maraisburg Hospital: 1930?. Roodepoort, Gauteng - Architect
Rossack House: 1934. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
SA Party Club: 1923. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
SA Scale Co bldg: 1930. Durban, KwaZulu-Natal - Architect
SA Scale Co bldg: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
School: 1931?. Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Shops/flats: 1927. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Six shops: 1925. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Somerset House, Vermeulen St (attrib): c1932. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Southern Life Bldg: 1923. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
St Paul's Church of England: c1932. Central, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
St Wilfred's Church, sanctuary, chapel, and half the nave: c1932. Hillcrest, Potchefstroom, North West - Architect
Standard Bank: 1932. Barberton, Mpumalanga - Architect
Standard Bank: n.d.. Carolina, Mpumalanga - Architect
Standard Bank: n.d.. Emalahleni (Witbank), Mpumalanga - Architect
Standard Bank: n.d.. Lichtenburg, North West - Architect
Standard Bank: n.d.. Mbombela (Nelspruit), Mpumalanga - Architect
Standard Bank: n.d.. Middelburg, Mpumalanga - Architect
Synodical Hall & church offices: 1923. Cape Town, Western Cape - Architect
TB Clinic or Clinic for Diseases of the Chest: 1923. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Town Hall: 1923. Ventersdorp, North West - Architect
Transvaal Memorial Hospital for Children: 1923. Braamfontein, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
United Building Society: 1930. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
United Building Society, additions: 1934?. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
United Tobacco, manager's house and single quarters: 1925. Brits, North West - Architect
University of Pretoria, Drama Building: 1928. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
University of the Witwatersrand, Central Block: 1920. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
University of the Witwatersrand, Chemistry and Physics block: 1924. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
University of the Witwatersrand, Main Block - Great Hall: 1920-1925 : 1937-1940. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
University of the Witwatersrand, William Cullen Library: 1933. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Ursuline Convent: 1928. Krugersdorp, Gauteng - Architect
Van Riebeek Medical Bldg: 1935. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Volks Bank: 1930. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Wesleyan Memorial Hall: 1930. Sunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect
Wilton Mansions: 1935. Primrose Terrace, Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
WR Boustred's Building: 1935. Johannesburg, Gauteng - Architect
Zieman's Bldg: 1927. Pretoria, Gauteng - Architect

Books citing COWIN, POWERS and ELLIS

Chipkin, Clive M. 1993. Johannesburg Style - Architecture & Society 1880s - 1960s. Cape Town: David Phillip. pp 67, 185, 186

Cumming-George, L. 1933. Architecture in South Africa - Volume One. Cape Town: The Speciality Press of S.A. Ltd.. pp 40-41, 55-56

van der Waal, Gerhard-Mark. 1987. From Mining Camp to Metropolis - The buildings of Johannesburg 1886-1940. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council. pp 185, 186, 199, 208, 212, 231